HOPKINTON, Mass. (WWLP) – Dark and early, dozens of runners boarded a bus in West Springfield to head to the starting line of the Boston Marathon in Hopkinton. Many of them belong to the Greater Springfield Harriers running club, and for many of them, this has become somewhat of a yearly tradition.
For some, since the 2013 Boston Marathon bombings, this race has become even more meaningful.
“2013 obviously was horrible, but I think it also makes this even more meaningful. It is a tradition where the city and everyone around the world gathers for the Boston Marathon. We’ll always remember 2013, but today, we are here to celebrate the tradition,” Vanessa Diana of Westfield said.
Multiple runners from western Massachusetts told 22News that the start of this marathon is just like many other marathons, but it is the finish line that makes it different and worth it.
“At first, it’s just a marathon, even though you know it’s the one that you qualify for. So it is the Holy Grail, but once you experience it, Boston is special. The history, the spectators; it’s an event,” Kevin Pfau of Agawam said.
As for the temperatures for the race, many runners would have preferred it a little cooler.
“It’s a great spectator day, but for me, I’d prefer a little cooler. It’s going to be a little warm for my preference, but just go out and do what you can,” Mike Lestarveau of Agawam said.
All of the extra clothing the runners took off before the race will be donated to charity.