Knoxville runners compete in 2014 Boston Marathon

Knoxville runners compete in 2014 Boston Marathon

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Nearly 32,000 runners crossed the finish line once Monday, but Knoxville runner Ethan Coffey did it twice. Nearly 32,000 runners crossed the finish line once Monday, but Knoxville runner Ethan Coffey did it twice.
Runners like Jennifer Singh, who ran the Boston Marathon last year, and came back again. Runners like Jennifer Singh, who ran the Boston Marathon last year, and came back again.
"It was still exhilarating to get across the line and get that finishers medal and say I was here the year after, and I finished Boston," Taylor said. "It was still exhilarating to get across the line and get that finishers medal and say I was here the year after, and I finished Boston," Taylor said.
By KAYLA STRAYER
6 News Reporter

BOSTON (WATE) - One year after the deadly Boston Marathon attack, about one million people lined the marathon course Monday, cheering on 36,000 runners.

About 300 Tennessee runners competed this year, with 26 coming from East Tennessee.

Nearly 32,000 runners crossed the finish line once Monday, but Knoxville runner Ethan Coffey did it twice.

"It was actually one of the happiest I've ever been to finish a race. It was my slowest marathon ever, but I was just so happy to be finished and to know that I made so much money for this charity," Coffey said.

By running more than 50 miles Monday, he raised about $9,000 to help survivors of last year's deadly attack.

"Pretty much immediately when I saw what happened last year, I decided I had to come back this year and just show that that kind of thing isn't going to stop runners from doing what they love," Coffey said.

Runners like Jennifer Singh, who ran the Boston Marathon last year, and came back again.

"Last year when the explosion happened, I had finished the race, so I was well ahead of it, but myself and the friends that I was with, we all knew what happened and we were very sad and scared. This year it was just completely different of course it was great," Singh said.

"It's way more than a race. You could tell people felt that way all around," said Knoxville runner Mark Taylor.

Taylor ran his first Boston Marathon Monday, but he says it won't be his last.

"It was still exhilarating to get across the line and get that finishers medal and say I was here the year after, and I finished Boston," Taylor said.

The runners say the security was so tight this year, they felt safe throughout the race and while exploring the city.


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