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Erie Runners Remember Boston Marathon Bombings

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More than a dozen local runners competed in the 2013 Boston Marathon. They say the memories of the bombings near the finish line are something they will never forget.

 Rachel Prozan is a veteran of 15 marathons, although 2013 was her first Boston race. Meantime, Shawn O'Brien has run 31 marathons, completing the Boston race 9 times.

 Rachel was less than two blocks away from the bombings. She heard the blasts and knew it was something bad when everyone began to run.

O'Brien has finished earlier and was safely back in his hotel trying to contact family and friends. A year later both runners are preparing to head back to Boston for the 2014 race next Monday,

O'Brien said, "I absolutely knew I was going to do it again. I am not unique. It is the right thing to do. You are not going to allow something like this to interfere with your lifestyle so."

Prozan said, "I am hoping the anxiety does not come when I get there but I love to run, love the race. I love what it stands for and I would not let anyone take that away from me."

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