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Rockford area runners head back to Boston for marathon

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One week from Monday, runners  take their marks in Boston. Among the 9,000 plus racers taking part this year, the Rockford area will be represented.

Through screams and crowds of terrified runners and spectators, Armando Quinones found an officer to tell him what had happened.

"Then he told us we were under a terrorist attack."

Quinones had only finished the race 30 minutes before.

It's not the first experience that has changed the runner's life and outlook. In 2012, Quinones died of a massive heart attack before being revived.

"If you love someone, let them know that you love them everyday. It's the motivator really, enjoy life and do what you love to do," said Quinones.

A week from now, he'll run again, in Boston. Quinones isn't the only one doing that from the Rockford area. According to the Boston Athletic Association, he's one of at least 20 athletes taking part in the Boston Marathon from the Rockford area.

Connie Marsh returns to Boston as well after experiencing the tragedy firsthand last year. She has reason to be thankful she was a little off pace.

"I was having a slow race, a bad race so I was back a ways and I finally got to about a half mile of the finish and then the race was being stopped."

Marsh was never close enough to see what was happening up close. But the feeling of knowing what was going on, was painful enough.

"So for me it was more everything was from a distance, seeing things, it was just awful."

The Boston Marathon will take place Monday the 21st. This year will have more runners than any year in the past.

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