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GRAND RAPIDS (WZZM) -- Nearly 36,000 are getting ready to run the Boston Marathon on Monday. Last year, two bombs exploded near the finish line leaving three dead, and hundreds badly hurt.

Organizers say this year they plan to have 3,500 police officers on patrol, and runners will not be allowed to wear backpacks as a precaution.

Grand Rapids has been nationally recognized for our dedication to the sport of running. It's one reason why so many from our area have qualified and are running this year's iconic marathon.

Francine Robinson is one of those runners. Francine ran in last year's Boston Marathon, finishing just seven minutes before the bombs went off. Director of the Grand Rapids Marathon Don Kern is also in Boston to support West Michigan runners.

The two spoke with WZZM13 via satellite about their experiences in Boston.

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