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June 11, 2014

Runners share Boston Marathon experience

PLATTSBURGH — Kara Bonneau hadn’t planned to run in the Boston Marathon this year.

But after the bombings, the Champlain native entered again to support the race.

“Everything this year was a lot bigger and busier and more emotional than last year,” she said. “It was a really great atmosphere.

“It was a sense of unity unlike any other race that I’ve done. A lot of people there, including myself, really felt like we were running for Boston and the entire running community.”

FAKED VICTIM’S CLAIM

The 2014 marathon reinforced the widespread support given to Boston and the race there, even as events associated with the terrorist attacks continue to unfold.

In Boston this week, brothers Branden Mattier and Domunique Grice are on trial, charged with fraudulently applying for $2.2 million from One Fund Boston on behalf of an aunt they say lost both legs in the bombings.

She actually died 10 years ago, authorities say.

And coming up in November is the trial of Dzhokhar Tsarnaev, accused of orchestrating the terrorist attacks with his brother, Temarian, who was killed as the pair tried to escape police.

‘BOSTON STRONG!’

But April’s marathon, said Mary Duprey of Rouses Point, “was very upbeat. Everybody was yelling, ‘Boston Strong!’”

Duprey also was there when the bombs blasted, killing three and injuring 264. She was three blocks away with her husband, Gerry, when they learned the cause of the two explosions.

She also was among the many who thumbed her nose at the terrorists by coming back this year.

This time, members of her family cheered her on at mile 22. But the huge crowd of spectators also propelled her along.

Though at about the third mile she twisted her ankle on a paper cup in the street, “it was just kind of nice to come up to that finish line,” she said.

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