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Local runner steps off for Boston Marathon

The 122nd Boston Marathon is being held Monday

YOUNGSTOWN, Ohio (WKBN) - The 122nd Boston Marathon is being held Monday.

About 30,000 people are registered to run in the world's oldest annual marathon. One of those runners is Kathy Boyarko of Boardman. It’s her first time running in the race.

This year marks the fifth anniversary of the bombing at the Boston Marathon, and the city is honoring the victims while they prepare to encourage this year’s participants.

“We went to a little ceremony for a blessing for the athletes, and they also had a little ceremony for the five year anniversary. There is definitely a different feel around the city,” Boyarko said. “The city has just a great camaraderie from everybody anyway because of the race but it feels special this year.”

Boyarko said she is feeling good and up for the race but the weather could be challenging. Rain is forecasted all day for the race.

To make the race even more poignant for Boyarko, she is running in honor of a friend who trained for the race but passed away before she could compete. Royko is honoring her with two charms placed on her shoes – one for her and one for her friend. When she completes the race, she is going to her friend’s gravesite and will bury the charm there.

“Then she will have a little piece of Boston with her,” Boyarko said.

Race results will be available on the Boston Athletic Association's website after the race.

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