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Dozens of Louisville runners cross Boston Marathon finish line

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Inside Fleet Feet Sports, employees and customers couldn't help but watch the live stream on Monday. Inside Fleet Feet Sports, employees and customers couldn't help but watch the live stream on Monday.
Andy Fenton Andy Fenton

LOUISVILLE, KY (WAVE) – It is the world's oldest annual marathon and for the 118th time on Monday runners lined up in Boston. This year's race was unlike any other in the storied history of the event.

One year after four people died and hundreds were injured after a terror attack at the race there were more than 3,500 athletes and more than a million fans lining the course. From the Louisville area there were more than 60 runners in Boston.

Jordan Tinnell of Louisville said he couldn't have asked for a better day. "Words can't describe it right now, it's euphoric," he said.

The Louisville runner completed his 3rd Boston Marathon and this year achieved a personal record. Before the race he made it a point to visit a memorial set up at the finish line for the victims.

Tinnell was at the marathon in 2013 when the bombs went off. He said he knew 2014 would be special and the spirit of the city was brighter than ever.

"You could just tell that they were anticipating this opportunity to show the rest of the country that they were going to take back the race, take back the finish line, this was their town," said Tinnell.

Inside Fleet Feet Sports, employees and customers couldn't help but watch the live stream.

Owner Andy Fenton said they had a long list of local runners they were keeping tabs on.

"Just trying to keep track of them knowing what their goals are and see how they are doing," said Fenton. "We are sending notes of encouragement on Facebook and things like that."

Tinnell said there was no doubt Boston was secure.

"There was a SWAT team on the roof of the high school just kind of looking out over the village," said Tinnell. "It felt so safe. It felt so safe to be part of that race."

This year the race was opened up to even more participants.

"Both our Louisville community as well as people running Boston, they kind of proven that people weren't scared away," said Fenton. "The crowd even not just the runners, but the crowd the supporters. There's a bigger crowd at Boston this year, than there's ever been."

Tinnell said it was not only those cheering on the side, but the people in race that kept him going.

"You look over and you see an amputee with a prosthesis on at mile 18 and there's nothing more inspiring than that and that happened several times," said Tinnell.

To see the results of the Boston Marathon and search for runners, click here. 

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