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Local runners heading back to Boston for Monday’s marathon

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Tuesday marks the one year anniversary of the bombings at the finish line of the Boston Marathon which killed three people and injured 260 people.

Dozens of runners from Northwest Ohio and Southeast Michigan who ran the race last year are gearing up to go to the race on Monday.

13abc's Christine Long reports on their emotional journey back to Beantown.

As Lisa Stevens of Perrysburg and Theresa Mariea of Sylvania Township take a walk at Wildwood Metropark, the two teachers recall how they survived --- physically, but not emotionally unscathed --- the deadly terrorist attack one year ago.

"That took a toll on me for a while," says Stevens.

"We really did heal together," says Mariea. "It took months."

We first met Stevens last April at Boston's Logan International Airport.

The middle school teacher finished the race two minutes before the first explosion at the finish line.

Mariea, a wife and mother of two, finished about 20 minutes earlier.

"You could feel the explosion from where I was at and the whole world stopped," says Mariea.

The two are going back to Boston for Monday's race, but this time they won't be running.

 "I think I left a little piece of me in that city and I need to go get it," says Mariea.

"Plus, just the thought of celebrating Boston and everybody finishing the race under a joyous circumstance will be what I'm looking forward to," says Stevens.

The cross country and track coach at Britton-Deerfield Schools in Lenawee County ran the Boston Marathon last year in three hours and four minutes. He says he'll be running again on Monday.

Jay Yockey lives in the village of Riga, Michigan.

He crossed the finish line about two hours before the bombs exploded.

Yockey also wants to be a part of the race's triumphant return.

"I'm not nervous about there being another terror attack or the possibility that there could be one," says Yockey. "That doesn't get me because I don't want to live a life in fear. I still want to do what I love to do."

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