Panhandle Runners in Boston for Historic Marathon

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Boston, MA---A little over a year ago, the 2013 Boston Marathon was struck by tragedy as two bombs injured and killed both spectators and runners.

Yet as this year's race is set to go off tomorrow, people from all over, including right here in the Panhandle, have arrived in Beantown to show their support and strength.

They might not all be from Boston, but they are all Boston strong.

After talking to those representing the Panhandle in the race, they expressed the power this year's event has in it's message and movement.

"I'm excited about being able to be here and be a part of this because this is going to be a one time, completely different Boston," said Panama City native Marty Kirkland.

"You see everywhere 'Boston Strong'," says Panama City Beach resident Amy Mann. "Many of the homes and business along the finish line street of Boylston are dotted with beautiful yellow tulips. It's surreal.

"People have closure that they want to come to," says Panama City's Joe Edgecombe. "They're expecting a million people here to watch the race and participate in the race. It would be like going down to St. Andrews or Pier Park during Mardi Gras, there's chains of 15 people deep but (in Boston) they're that deep the entire 26 miles."