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Bomb hoax won’t discourage local marathon runners

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Boston police have stepped up patrols near the marathon finish line on Wednesday following a bomb hoax.

Kevin Edson is facing several charges.  He is accused of placing a backpack near the finish line just hours after the one-year-anniversary memorial.

This comes less than a week before thousands will line the streets again for this year's marathon.

A record number of runners, including dozens from our area, are expected to race.

Cathy Meier pounds the pavement of her Findlay subdivision.

The 39-year-old is ready to race her fifth Boston Marathon on Monday.

"I'm never going to be a Super Bowl quarterback, I'm never going to be in a World Series, but I can finish the Boston Marathon," says Meier.

Last year Meier finished the race in three hours and 28 minutes.  That was about an hour before the first explosion.

She was in her hotel room with her husband and three boys when the bombs went off right across the street from where her family was standing just a half hour earlier to watch her run.

"There was definitely almost a guilt that was associated with it that," says Meier.  "We were OK when so many people weren't.  And then there was the guilt of … I had dragged my family to Boston and this is what happened. This was the first time ever taking the kids. This is their memory of that race."

She leaves Friday for Boston where today the man who sparked a bomb scare near the finish line last night appeared in court.

Boston police accuse Kevin Edson of a hoax shown in a cell phone video.  He's barefoot and yelling ‘Boston Strong' while wearing face paint, a long black veil, and carrying a backpack.

Prosecutors read the police report in court: "They asked, 'What's in the backpack?' The defendant replied, 'A rice cooker.' Your honor doesn't need to tell you the symbolism of a rice cooker on the one year anniversary of the Boston Marathon bombing."

A bomb squad detonated the backpack as a precaution.  No explosives were found inside.  Edson's mother says her son has bipolar disorder.

Meier won't be discouraged.  She simply plans to pack her patience to deal with heavy security.

 "I'm not afraid to go," says Meier. "It never once occurred to me to be afraid to go."

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