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Mid-Michigan runners prepare for Boston Marathon

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(04/14/14) - Tuesday marks the one year anniversary of the tragic Boston Marathon bombings.

This year's race is next Monday.

Many from Mid-Michigan will be in the crowd and on the course.

Anita Harless is one of them. It will be her third Boston Marathon.

"There are so many that would love to have this opportunity, to run, so we feel very blessed," Harless said.

Her two sons and husband will join her again and she said they'll pay homage to those that can't be there.

She did finish last year.

Mark Bauman, owner of Bauman's Running and Walking Shop, was not able to finish.

"I was about a mile from the finish when everything happened," he said.

He remembers chaos and confusion and just when things started to settle, at least for him and his family there cheering him on, the names of those injured started being released.

"Word came that there was a Jeffery Bauman injured and that's my son's name," he said.

It wasn't his son. Bauman said he didn't, personally, know anyone injured last year.

Bauman will be running the Boston Marathon on Monday.

"This will be my 45th," he said. "I'm going out Friday and I'll go run that last bit just for myself."

Sue Imig, of Goodrich, is running the race for the very first time.

"This is actually the second time I've qualified, but the first time I'm going to be going," she said.

Imig is excited, but knows it will be emotional.

"I'll be one of, I think, over 36,000," she said. "I'm going to keep my head on straight."

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