Dozens of runners from western Massachusetts will board a bus then travel to Hopkinton for the Boston Marathon Monday morning.
That group of runners will board the bus within the next hour or so at the Riverdale Shopping Plaza in West Springfield.
From there they’ll go to Palmer to pick up another group of runners from western Massachusetts before heading off to Hopkinton for the 122nd Boston Marathon.
Many of these runners are part of the Greater Springfield Harriers, which is a local running group. They’ve made this bus ride to the marathon a tradition over the past several years.
The 26.2 mile race will start in Hopkinton and cross through several towns before reaching the finish line, on Boylston Street in Boston.
More than 30,000 runners are participating in this year’s marathon, including at least 40 from western Massachusetts.
This is a significant year for many of these runners because it marks the 5th anniversary since the Boston Marathon bombing when two bombs went off near the finish line on Boylston Street, killing three, and wounding hundreds of others.
Ever since then many people have made it their mission to run this race, and prove just how strong Massachusetts is.