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City of Boston Prepares For Marathon

Survivors, first responders, politicians and well wishers gathered on Boston's Boylston Street this weekend as the anniversary of the bombing that tore a hole through the city of Boston approaches.
Survivors, first responders, politicians and well wishers gathered on Boston's Boylston Street this weekend as the anniversary of the bombing that tore a hole through the city of Boston approaches.

It was just before 3 p.m. last April 15 when two explosions killed three people and injured 264 others. This year there will be checkpoints around the marathon route. Backpacks and other containers will not be prohibited, but people are being discouraged to carry them. Officials say the marathon will go on.

"It will be the Boston Marathon just as it's always been," Boston Mayor Martin Walsh said. "The marathon is an international athletic event and it's a showcase of our city's best qualities."

Local runners will prep for this year's race on Tuesday with a send-off party at Fleet Feet Rochester. The event will honor athletes leaving for Boston as well as victims of last year's attacks.
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