36,000 runners and more than a million spectators are in Boston today for the 118th running of the Boston Marathon. Among the thousands making the trip to Boston, are Hoosiers who were personally impacted by last year's tragedy.
Blake Boldon will be running in his first Boston Marathon this year. Like so many of us, he was captivated by the stories that unfolded during and after the bombing last year. As a runner, he felt a personal connection to the victims. Eyewitness News first caught up with Blake when we noticed him running even in the most brutal conditions of winter. He's been training nearly every day, and thankfully, the weather has improved since he first started.
This year, Boldon is running for the youngest victim killed in last year's Boston Marathon, 8-year-old Martin Richard, and he's kept in touch with that young boy's family. Boldon says, "It's been an emotional experience, getting weekly emails from his parents and family. This whole issue and attack really brought the running community together. It's turned something sad to impactful and powerful."
Blake Boldon says he's not frightened to take part in Monday's Boston Marathon. He says he thinks it will be the safest place in the world with all the security that's expected for the event. He anticipates just standing on the starting line to be a very emotional experience.
He hopes to finish in under 2:50. You can follow his progress on Twitter "@blakeboldon".