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500 Wisconsin runners taking part in Boston Marathon

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UNDATED (WSAU-Wheeler News)  About 500 Wisconsinites are registered to run in today's Boston Marathon -- which, of course, is more than just a 26-mile race. It's also a sign of a city's resolve to emerge stronger, after a pair of terrorist bombings killed three people and injured 260 at the finish line of last year's marathon.

Wisconsin runners say they share in that resolve. Anne Coffman of New Berlin -- who watched the tragedy unfold on T-V last year -- is among today's runners. She said the emotions didn't hit her until last Tuesday, when the first anniversary of the bombings was observed.

Yesterday runners attended church services in downtown Boston. Marquette graduate Cynthia Schwartz left with a blue-and-gold hand-knit scarf. She told W-T-M-J T-V in Milwaukee she was touched that somebody she didn't know would do something like that for her. Normally, the Boston Marathon has a limit of 25,000 runners. Today, they're letting 36,000 take part.

At least some from Wisconsin never got to finish last year's race -- and they want to complete what they started.

Neighboring Minnesota has 615 people running. Over 200 of them posed for a unity photo which appeared in yesterday's Minneapolis Star-Tribune.

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