Boston tragedy doesn't deter Tennessee distance runners

Boston tragedy doesn't deter Tennessee distance runners

Competitor Group, which runs the Nashville marathon, has joined a coalition of race organizers called Run Now to raising money for the Boston victims. Wristbands like these will be handed out at the Music City Marathon. Competitor Group, which runs the Nashville marathon, has joined a coalition of race organizers called Run Now to raising money for the Boston victims. Wristbands like these will be handed out at the Music City Marathon.

By STEVE MEGARGEE
AP Sports Writer

NASHVILLE (AP) - Vicki Schmidt continues to suffer flashbacks of the bombs going off at the Boston Marathon. Her boyfriend, there cheering her on, has a hole in his eardrum and hearing loss in both ears.

She didn't finish the race, but the physical and mental wounds have made Schmidt more determined to run the half-marathon portion of Saturday's Country Music Marathon - which promises to be an emotional event.

It is the largest combined marathon and half-marathon to be held in the United States since the April 15 bombings that killed three people and injured more than 260.

Schmidt says "there's a lot more good than evil in this world, and I can't be scared to walk out my door."

The paralegal isn't alone. About 30,000 runners are expected in Nashville.

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