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Cville Runners Prepare to Return to Boston Marathon 1 Year After Bombing

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Dozens of runners around Charlottesville are in the last lap of training for next Monday’s Boston Marathon. Many are making a return trip to the race a year after a pair of planted bombs rocked the finish line - but not the spirit of the sport.

Some of the Charlottesville runners are going back to Boston for their ninth or tenth marathon. They're returning to send a message of solidarity.

Anwar Allen, a Charlottesville filmmaker with Humbledown Productions, first set out with his cameras to capture him and his wife training for the Boston Marathon two years ago. That led Allen to follow Ragged Mountain Running's "Boston Bound" group of marathoners in 2012.

“We felt that and we thought "Wow, this is exciting and we want to show people what this is all about,” said Allen.

Allen’s documentary, "Boston Bound," was almost done last April when a pair of terrorist bombs flipped the film's purpose.

“We said – ‘OK, let's change the story of the movie.’ It was about us and now it's going to be about you guys. It's going to be you guys reclaiming what was taken away,” said Allen.

Ragged Mountain Running’s Mark Lorenzoni coaches the Boston Bound running group.

“It's never completely gone from our minds this whole year,” said Lorenzoni.

Twenty-one runners raced in the 2013 marathon. Lorenzoni says the explosions erased the competitiveness of caring how fast each runner crosses the finish line.

“That changed them. They feel so blessed just to have the ability to run,” said Lorenzoni.

Lorenzoni's team of 26 is headed to Boston for the 2014 race.

“There was not one person who said, 'Whoa I'm not going anywhere near a race finish from this point,'” said Lorenzoni.

UVA club runner Michael ‘Miko’ Clark is training to cross the finish line for a second time at the Boston Marathon next Monday.

“I think this is going to be the best sporting event in 2014. I think the way the community is going to rally around it, I think it's going to be a very emotional and very fun time,” said Clark.

Clark says returning wasn't even a question.

“The resiliency of the community and the running community will shine through,” said Clark.

The Boston Bound documentary is available to rent or download online by clicking here.

Allen's Humbledown Productions is donating a portion of proceeds to the One Fund, which supports runners and families impacted by the bombings.

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