GRAND RAPIDS (WZZM) -- Scores of West Michigan runners will participate in Monday's Boston Marathon; many left Friday.
Francine Robinson is looking forward to the race, despite extra security obstacles put in place after last year's bombing.
"It's just that whole marathon spirit. This week I've heard the words resilience, hope, courage, [and] perseverance. I've heard that over and over about runners going back. I compare it to marathon running -- those are the exact traits you have to have to finish," Robinson said.
Robinson has already run 111 marathons, but expects Monday's will be like no other.
"I suspect it'll be very emotional, it's gonna be a celebration, definitely," she added.
Early Friday morning, marathoner Kim Evans of Ada left Gerald Ford Airport, bound for Boston. Earlier this week, she said the race will be "incredibly special."
"This one is going to be kind of flavored with the fact that you know there are a lot of people that can't be there. There are a lot of people that lost a lot last year," she said.