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Michiana runners prepare for 2014 Boston Marathon

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The one year anniversary of the Boston Marathon bombing is less than two weeks away. On April 15, 2013 three people were killed and over one hundred injured. This year's marathon is a little over two weeks away and some Michiana runners are preparing for it.  

Ed McCollum, Ryan Snyder, Matt Aurenz, Justin Kowalski, and Chad Ganger have been training since January for the 2014 Boston Marathon. They meet every Saturday for practice runs all leading up to the marathon on April 21st. "For three of us it will be our first time," runner Chad Ganger said.  "Matt and Justin ran it a couple of years ago." 

This will be the first Boston Marathon that the whole group runs together, but they have run in other events as a whole. "We've been running with each other for about two years," runner Justin Kowalski said.  "We met each other at some local races. Grainger Paths [is where] I met Chad and Ed and I knew Matt before that because we trained for Boston in 2012." 

While two of the five runners have run the Boston Marathon in the past, some of the others have tried to qualify in the past but could not. The bombing was additional motivation to the runners. 

Justin Kowalski 2014 Boston Marathon Runner says, "We had even planned it before the bombing happened. They were trying to qualify last year," runner Justin Kowalski said.  "They definitely wanted to do it even more so." 

Matt Aurenz says there are positives to running with a group including making for a more enjoyable run. "Running with the group you can pull with each other. Days that you don't feel like running, the team is there to build you up," Aurenz said. "[There's] just a lot of horseplay while we're running. [It's] just a lot of fun."

Ryan Snyder will run the Boston Marathon for the first time. He will have more than just his fellow runners to support him at the run. "I got some family out there that are going to come watch so [I'm] just excited to run it," Snyder said.

"Runners unite," is what runner Ed McCollum said regarding running the marathon after last year's event. "If you let something like that happen we all have to get together, stay together, stay united."

The group will leave on April 19 for Boston and running it on April 21. The date also coincides with Patriot's Day in Massachusetts.

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