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Local runners, volunteers prepare for 'emotional' Boston Marathon

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COLONIE, N.Y. -- One year after the bombings that shook the city of Boston, several locals are headed there to participate in the 2014 Boston Marathon.

Their pace was slow and methodical on Monday, but for several hundred marathon runners training together at The Crossings of Colonie, their resolve was unmatched.

"They've got this sense of 'this is an accomplishment, this is a challenge, this is something I'm gonna do,'" said running coach Kristen Hislop.

Most were training for the Freihofer's Run for Women, which takes place on the last day of May.

But one runner has bigger, sooner plans in mind.

"I'm running the Boston Marathon, because I qualified," Danielle Maslowsky said.

But that's not the only reason she'll run the nation's most famous race.

"I want to be there," she said. "I want to show the world and the nation that there's nothing to be scared of."

After the 2013 Boston Marathon, when a pair of bombs allegedly set by terrorists ripped apart the peaceful finish line, some might contend that there's a lot to be afraid of. Maslowsky believes otherwise.

"It's the marathon of all marathons. It's an honor to participate," she said. "I'm sure it will be emotional. It'll be an experience I know I'll never forget."

Maslowsky had qualified for last year's marathon, but for a variety of reasons she did not attend. It's a similar story for marathon volunteer Patrick Lynskey.

"Last year was actually one of the only years in recent memory that I wasn't there," Lynskey said Monday. "I was helping a friend move."

Lynskey had given his finish line grandstand tickets to a friend, who was not injured when the bombs detonated.

And Lynskey's spirit was not shaken. He's vowed to return to the race as a volunteer this year, and as a runner in the future.

"I think [the marathon] is always going to be a little bit different," he said. "But I think what we try to do as event organizers is get back as close to normal as possible. As runners, as participators, as spectators, I think that's what everybody's looking for."

The 2014 Boston Marathon is set for April 21. More than 200 security cameras and 50 observation platforms have been installed for the race.

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