Several East TN runners choosing to run this year's Boston Marat

Several East TN runners choosing to run this year's Boston Marathon after 2013 attack

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Coffey is doing something a little different, he's running the marathon twice from the finish line to the start before the race, then back again with the rest of the runners. Coffey is doing something a little different, he's running the marathon twice from the finish line to the start before the race, then back again with the rest of the runners.
That's why they're choosing to run one of the biggest marathons in the country. That's why they're choosing to run one of the biggest marathons in the country.
But they are making adjustments and some family members aren't flying up to watch from the sidelines just in case. But they are making adjustments and some family members aren't flying up to watch from the sidelines just in case.

By LAURA HALM
6 News Reporter

KNOXVILLE (WATE) - One year ago, tragedy hit during the Boston marathon, two bombs exploded near the finish line killing three people and wounding more than 200. While it still leaves many of us shaken, some East Tennessee runners say that's what's driving them to compete in this year's race.

Those runners say they're not worried about their safety, adding Boston is going to be the safest place on race day. But they are making adjustments and some family members aren't flying up to watch from the sidelines just in case.

Ethan Coffey is packed and ready to run the Boston marathon come Monday, "I maxed out my mileage at about 120 miles a week and so right now I'm just tapering off, backing off the mileage, and making sure I'm rested and ready to go."

It's the first time in many years he'll be back competing. His driving force to return was the attack one year ago.

"Basically I decided at that point as soon as I heard that, I was going to be back this year," added Coffey.

Coffey is doing something a little different, he's running the marathon twice from the finish line to the start before the race, then back again with the rest of the runners. A whopping 52.4 miles raising money the whole time for a charity helping Boston marathon victims.

"I'm just doing what I can to help them out," he said.

Brad Adams and Stewart Ellington weren't there last year, though the images are still haunting.

"It was a runner's version of 9-11. I remember exactly where I was when it happened," said Adams.

That's why they're choosing to run one of the biggest marathons in the country.

"Be thinking about all the people that were injured and being thankful for the opportunity to be apart of the even," added Adams.

Both say they're preparing for a somber race day.

"I think Monday is going to be an emotional day. I think a lot of people are going to be strong-willed and at the same time they're going to be overcome with emotion," said Ellington.

But a day also filled with triumph. "It's going to be a symbol of our perseverance that you can do whatever you can but we're still going to come back. We're still going to run and we're still going to fight," said Ellington.

More than 100 cameras have been set up along the route to monitor the crowds and about 1 million people are expected to turn out at the 118th Boston Marathon.

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