Local Runners Prep to Head to Boston

4-15 raceEUGENE, Ore. — TrackTown will be well represented when the Boston Marathon gets underway next week.

According to the race website, there are nearly 40 runners from the Eugene-Springfield area taking part in the race.

KEZI 9 News caught up with two of those athletes at the Eugene Running Company.

They say they’re honored to be taking part and this will be their first time running in the iconic race.

“I want to be part of paying respect to the three people that died in that event last year,”┬ásaid Bob Coll, Eugene Running Company owner. “I also want to be a small part of the celebration.”

“I think the emotions will be running pretty high and it will be a very poignant experience,” said Kari Westlund. She will be running in this year’s race. “I’m totally honored to be part of it and excited to go.”

The marathon is scheduled for April 21.

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