Healing in Boston: More than 400 Wisconsin runners take part in marathon

CREATED Apr 20, 2014 - UPDATED: Apr 21, 2014

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  • A memorial n the Boston Marathon route. Image by Cody Holyoke

  • Runners at the start-finish line of the Boston Marathon. Image by Cody Holyoke

  • Young people at a statue of ducks in Boston near the Marathon site. Image by Cody Holyoke

  • Boston on the dawn of the Boston Marathon. Image by Cody Holyoke

  • Boston on the dawn of the Boston Marathon. Image by Cody Holyoke

  • Boston police talking with someone on the dawn of the Boston Marathon. Image by Cody Holyoke

  • A clear bag that all Boston Marathon runners are allowed to use. Image by Cody Holyoke

  • Prayers for the Boston Marathon, sent from Wisconsin. Image by Cody Holyoke

  • Near the Boston Marathon route. Image by Cody Holyoke

  • A homemade sign on the Boston Marathon route. Image by Cody Holyoke

  • First pitch by Stoneham resident Marc Fucarile at Fenway Park. He was the last patient discharged from hospital after the bombing last year. He took mound with a cane and prosthetic. He got married at Fenway a few days ago. Image by SHAWN TEMPESTA/KTNV CHANNEL 13

  • Apr 21, 2014; Boston, MA, USA; Boston police officers part of the K-9 unit patrol Boylston Street near the finish line before the start of the 2014 Boston Marathon. Image by Greg M. Cooper-USA TODAY Sports

  • Apr 21, 2014; Boston, MA, USA; A Boston police officer from the special operations unit patrols Boylston Street near the finish line before the start of the 2014 Boston Marathon. Image by Greg M. Cooper-USA TODAY Sports

  • Apr 21, 2014; Boston, MA, USA; Boston police officers from the K-9 unit patrol Boylston Street near the finish line before the start of the 2014 Boston Marathon. Image by Greg M. Cooper-USA TODAY Sports

  • Apr 21, 2014; Boston, MA, USA; A flag hangs from the barricade on Boylston Street before the start of the 2014 Boston Marathon. Image by Greg M. Cooper-USA TODAY Sports

  • Apr 21, 2014; Boston, MA, USA; A Boston Strong banner hangs on a barricade on Boylston Street before the start of the 2014 Boston Marathon. Image by Greg M. Cooper-USA TODAY Sports

  • Apr 21, 2014; Boston, MA, USA; Andrew Lembcke (left) , Brandon Petrich (middle) and Bill Januszewski hang a Boston Strong banner before the start of the 2014 Boston Marathon. Image by Greg M. Cooper-USA TODAY Sports

  • Apr 21, 2014; Boston, MA, USA; Elite runners including Ryan Hall and Meb Keflezighi race during the 2014 Boston Marathon. Image by David Butler II-USA TODAY Sports

  • Apr 21, 2014; Boston, MA, USA; A young spectator holds up a sign during the 2014 Boston Marathon. Image by David Butler II-USA TODAY Sports

  • Apr 21, 2014; Boston, MA, USA; Ernst van Dyk finishes first in the men's wheelchair division of the 2014 Boston Marathon. Image by Greg M. Cooper-USA TODAY Sports

  • Apr 21, 2014; Hopkinton, MA, USA; A general view of the elite men's division start during the 2014 Boston Marathon. Image by Gregory Fisher-USA TODAY Sports

  • Apr 21, 2014; Boston, MA, USA; A makeshift Prudential Tower is erected by fans along the course during the 2014 Boston Marathon. Image by David Butler II-USA TODAY Sports

  • Apr 21, 2014; Boston, MA, USA; Tatyana McFadden of the United States crosses the finish line of the 2014 Boston Marathon on Boylston Street taking first place in the women's wheelchair division. Image by Greg M. Cooper-USA TODAY Sports

  • Apr 21, 2014; Boston, MA, USA; Mike Herli of Marlboro, MA carries a Boston Strong flag before the start of the 2014 Boston Marathon. Image by Greg M. Cooper-USA TODAY Sports

  • Apr 21, 2014; Hopkinton, MA, USA; Cedric Schramm holds up a Boston spirit sign at the start of the 2014 Boston Marathon. Image by Gregory Fisher-USA TODAY Sports

  • Apr 21, 2014; Hopkinton, MA, USA; A general view at the start of the elite womens division race during the 2014 Boston Marathon. Image by Gregory Fisher-USA TODAY Sports

  • Apr 21, 2014; Boston, MA, USA; Elite runners led by Markos Geneti during the 2014 Boston Marathon. Image by David Butler II-USA TODAY Sports

  • Apr 21, 2014; Boston, MA, USA; Elite runners Josphat Boit (in orange) and Meb Keflezighi (in red/white) race during the 2014 Boston Marathon. Image by David Butler II-USA TODAY Sports

  • Apr 21, 2014; Boston, MA, USA; Ernst van Dyk reacts after finishing first in the men's wheelchair division of the 2014 Boston Marathon. Image by Greg M. Cooper-USA TODAY Sports

  • Apr 21, 2014; Boston, MA, USA; Tatyana McFadden waves to the crowd after finishing first in the women's wheelchair division of the 2014 Boston Marathon. Image by Greg M. Cooper-USA TODAY Sports

  • Apr 21, 2014; Boston, MA, USA; Tatyana McFadden finishes first in the women's wheelchair division of the 2014 Boston Marathon. Image by Greg M. Cooper-USA TODAY Sports

  • Apr 21, 2014; Boston, MA, USA; Meb Keflezighi competes during the 2014 Boston Marathon. Image by David Butler II-USA TODAY Sports

  • Apr 21, 2014; Boston, MA, USA; Meb Keflezighi competes during the 2014 Boston Marathon. Image by David Butler II-USA TODAY Sports

  • Apr 21, 2014; Boston, MA, USA; Rita Jeptoo (KEN) reacts after winning the women's division of the 2014 Boston Marathon. Image by Greg M. Cooper-USA TODAY Sports

  • Apr 21, 2014; Boston, MA, USA; Rita Jeptoo (KEN) crosses the finish line to win the women's division of the 2014 Boston Marathon. Image by Greg M. Cooper-USA TODAY Sports

  • Apr 21, 2014; Boston, MA, USA; Meb Keflezighi of the United States crosses the finish line to win the 2014 Boston Marathon. Image by Greg M. Cooper-USA TODAY Sports

  • Apr 21, 2014; Boston, MA, USA; Meb Keflezighi of the United States celebrates after winning the 2014 Boston Marathon. Image by Greg M. Cooper-USA TODAY Sports

  • The finish line at the Boston Marathon. Image by Cody Holyoke

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  • Boston after the 2014 Boston Marathon. Image by Cody Holyoke

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BOSTON, MA -- You can feel the excitement. The electricity in the air. Race time is right around the corner.

Steve Taylor, of Brookfield, brought his wife and kids to watch him run in this year's Boston Marathon. They were just two blocks from the bombings last April. Today, they're overwhelmed to see how Boston bounced back.

"There are far more people here," Taylor said. "There seems to be far more interest in the event. Just more people in general on the streets. More people everywhere."

Runners from across the globe lined the blocks for Easter mass Sunday downtown Boston. At Old South Church, many athletes left with a souvenir - hand knit scarves of all sizes, crafted in blue and gold as a comfort for runners like Marquette graduate Cynthia Schwartz.

"The fact that somebody who i don't know knit it specifically for this event is just quite lovely," Schwartz said.

Copley Square, the end of the Marathon is a mandatory stop in Boston. We have seen thousands of runners here today, many with mixed emotions. They're happy to be a part of this year's race, but they're mindful of what happened just yards from the finish line.

"Really, until the 15th, last week, it really didn't hit me - how emotional it was going to be," said Anne Coffman of New Berlin.

Coffman watched the coverage of the bombings last year from home. This time around, she's in the race, and even brought her kids to Boston, so they could watch her cross the finish line.

"Last year, right after the bombings, the first thing they asked was, 'Are you really going to go to Boston?' and I assured them that it will probably be the safest marathon ever to run," Coffman said.

There are reminders of the pain. Trinkets and tributes mark the spots where two bombs destroyed and ended lives. But there is also strength in this city, a resilience and a drive to show the people who did this you don't mess with Boston. And also strength with the runners determined now, more than ever, to finish strong.

"You have to go back,” Taylor said. “You have to show that you're not going to back down to terrorism. You're not going to back down and be afraid of this type of thing."

Wisconsin's runners are thrilled to be here, and they're ready to get going. Many of them will gather at Boston Common to go through security, get on the bus, and get to the starting line Monday morning.