East Tennessee runners preparing for 2014 Boston Marathon

East Tennessee runners preparing for 2014 Boston Marathon

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"I'm not a person that lives in fear, so I definitely wanted to run," said Tara Stockton. She ran in the 2013 Boston Marathon but could not finish due to the bombings. "I'm not a person that lives in fear, so I definitely wanted to run," said Tara Stockton. She ran in the 2013 Boston Marathon but could not finish due to the bombings.
"This will probably be my best year to run," said first-time runner Stewart Ellington. "This will probably be my best year to run," said first-time runner Stewart Ellington.

By JOSH AULT
6 News Reporter

HARRIMAN (WATE) - Five months have passed since the tragic bombings at the Boston Marathon, which killed three people and injured more than 250 others.

Runners across the country were notified this week if they qualified for next year's race.

Tara Stockton, of Roane County, is getting ready for the 2014 Boston Marathon. Stockton was running the race in April when bombings happened.

"Absolutely I wanted to run again," said Stockton, "I'm not a person that lives in fear, so I definitely wanted to run. It was part of an accomplishment that I wasn't able to accomplish, so I definitely wanted to finish the Boston Marathon, but also thought it would be an awesome event to experience again."    

Stockton was invited back to run shortly after the bombings since she was not able to finish the race.     

Stewart Ellington of Knoxville will be running the Boston Marathon for the first time.

"I had no concrete plans, but the three dozen people in town that run Boston every year wanted to go out, wanted to get a group together and go out there and be resilient," said Ellington.

He says he is not worried about his safety in Boston.

"This will probably be my best year to run," he said. "Security is going to be through the roof."

Stockton says she will never forget the bombings.

"What I think about is being able to run for all those who were injured," she said. "Who had lost limbs. It's just an awesome way you known you are being able to run for them."

Stockton's husband is Roane County Sheriff Jack Stockton, and she says he is planning on going with her again to the marathon. They will also be bringing their granddaughter as well.

The 2014 Boston Marathon will be held on April 20.

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