Western Massachusetts runners competing in 123rd Boston Marathon

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HOPKINTON, Mass. (WWLP) – The 123rd Boston Marathon kicked off Monday. 

The Greater Springfield Harriers boarded a bus Monday morning in West Springfield at 6 a.m. to head to Boston and compete in the race. The race began around 9 a.m. during the rain. 

“The rain will help in some ways,” said David Theoharides of Whately. “It’ll keep you a little cooler.”

About 50 members of the Harriers ran Monday. They will be just some of the more than one million people expected to attend the marathon despite the rainy weather. some have run the Bsoton Marathon more than a dozen times. 

“This will be my 33rd consectuitve year,” said Willia Romito of Leeds. “For me, it’s like Christmas Day. I have a hard time sleeping a couple nights beforehand. I just look forward to it. It’s like a big celebration”

“Out of the 15 Boston Marathons I’ve run, only 2 have been what I would describes as perfect marathon weather,” said Karin George of Florence. 

But, for another runner on the bus, this was his first Boston Marathon. 

“I’m really nervous, but I’m really excited,” said Alec Walker of Belchertown. “I had a lot of people that had run it in previous years helping me out through preparations.”

Runners started the race in Hopkinton, then ran 26.2 miles, finishing in Boston on Boylston Street. 

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