RALEIGH: Local runners ready for 2014 Boston Marathon - WJBF-TV ABC 6 Augusta-Aiken

Local runners ready for 2014 Boston Marathon

Posted: Updated:
The terror of that day quickly turned to resolve for the Meekers and many others there. The terror of that day quickly turned to resolve for the Meekers and many others there.
RALEIGH, N.C. - Many local runners are prepping to travel to Boston in three weeks to run in the 2014 Boston Marathon. Some of those runners say they’re making a special effort to insure this race is a special one.

Just more than a year ago, Kimberlie Meeker and her husband crossed the finish line on Boylston Street just before two bombs exploded.

“They have quarantined everything,” Kimberlie Meeker said. “We had police tape around our hotel room because we were pretty close to the finish line.”

The terror of that day quickly turned to resolve for the Meekers and many others there.

“After we got through the shock of what happened, we were like, ‘OK, we need to go back,’” Kimberlie Meeker’s husband David said. “Everyone is going to be here next year and it’ll be an important race to be in.”

Runners will face extreme security in Boston this year and those who have had a taste of it already said it is comforting.

The race organizers have taken away runner’s big yellow gear bags but fanny packs are allowed.

“I ran in Chicago this past October and that was the first big race since Boston,” runner Tracie Rodriguez. “Seeing that (security) gave me more reassurance it was going to be OK this year.”

Local runners will not only support Boston with their hearts this year but also with their feet.

“Most of our friends run a marathon here or there but everyone wants to run Boston this year. Everyone,” said Kimberlie Meeker.

  • Wake CountyMore>>

  • Raleigh police investigating 2 armed robberies

    Raleigh police investigating 2 armed robberies

    Thursday, August 21 2014 11:47 AM EDT2014-08-21 15:47:06 GMT
    Police are investigating two robberies that occurred late Wednesday night and early Thursday morning in Raleigh.
    Police are investigating two robberies that occurred late Wednesday night and early Thursday morning in Raleigh.
  • Wake Co. sees significant teacher turnover

    Wake Co. sees significant teacher turnover

    Thursday, August 21 2014 11:12 AM EDT2014-08-21 15:12:28 GMT
    Wake County is seeing significant turnover in teachers – and still looking to hire teachers as the traditional school year approaches.
    Wake County is seeing significant turnover in teachers – and still looking to hire teachers as the traditional school year approaches.
  • Amanda Hayes filing for divorce from husband

    Amanda Hayes filing for divorce from husband

    Thursday, August 21 2014 10:41 AM EDT2014-08-21 14:41:32 GMT
    Amanda Hayes, 41, was found guilt second-degree murder in the July 2011 death of Laura Ackerson.Amanda Hayes, 41, was found guilt second-degree murder in the July 2011 death of Laura Ackerson.
    Amanda Hayes, who was convicted in the death of a Kinston mother in 2011, is filing for divorce from husband Grant Hayes, according to a recent court document.
    Amanda Hayes, who was convicted in the death of a Kinston mother in 2011, is filing for divorce from husband Grant Hayes, according to a recent court document.
Powered by WorldNow

1336 Augusta West Parkway
Augusta, GA 30909

Telephone: 706.722.6664
Email: talkback6@wjbf.com

Can't find something?
Powered by WorldNow
All content © Copyright 2000 - 2014 Media General Communications Holdings, LLC. A Media General Company.