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Berks County man getting geared up to run "Boston Strong"

By Jennifer Joas, Reporter, JJoas@wfmz.com
Published On: Apr 17 2014 09:34:53 PM CDT
Updated On: Apr 17 2014 10:11:10 PM CDT

The Boston Marathon is an elite race for runners, but after last year's deadly bombing, runners are going into this year's race with a different mindset.

SPRING TWP., Pa. -

The Boston Marathon is an elite race for runners, but after last year's deadly bombing, runners are going into this year's race with a different mindset.

Spring Township runner Todd Buchanan is lacing up his sneakers and gearing up to run his second Boston Marathon on Monday.

"I am real excited to go," said runner Todd Buchanan.

Todd has been looking forward to this race for months.

He started training in January, running 40 to 60 miles a week.

"When you get down closer to the finish and you make the turns into town, you have the 10, 12, 15 people deep and it is like no other marathon you can imagine," said Buchanan.

But unfortunately for Todd and thousands of other runners, the image they imagined was tainted after two bombs exploded near the finish line, killing three people and wounding hundreds more.

"We just could not believe it. After being there and seeing the crowd and the support and everybody, all the unity. And then to see something like that break it up, it was just unreal," said Buchanan.

Fortunately, Todd had already crossed the finish line before the bombs exploded.

He says after the blast he was in a state of disbelief.

And the images of that fateful day are what is fueling him to run this year's race as hard as he can with the victims in mind.

"I want to run as hard as my legs will turn over and feel the pain and dedicate the race to them," said Buchanan.

He wants to run "Boston Strong."