Corral added that it was especially important to him and his teammates to return this year, to support Boston and each other. “As the signs say, ‘Boston Strong,”’ he said. “That’s why we come back.”
That determination was echoed by many runners, including Scott Johnson, 54, of Atlanta. He is the executive director of the Scott Rigsby Foundation, a nonprofit that supports people who have lost limbs. The organization has raised money for last year’s bombing victims, and this year Johnson was planning to run with Team MR8, a team formed in honor of Martin Richard, the 8-year-old Dorchester boy who was killed in the 2013 bombing.
“There’s a sense of resiliency,” Johnson said. “It’s sadness, but it’s also a kind of fortitude. Two people created the violence, but millions counter it with love and support. I like those odds!”
Ben Rancourt, 64, of Ste-Germaine, Quebec, was planning to run his eighth Boston Marathon on Monday along with his three younger brothers.
“We’re going to buy beer for the after party!” he said. “We’ll see, tomorrow, with the fans on both sides of the road — it will feel very great!”
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