Ricardo Corral, 53, of New York, who planned to race in the hand-cycle division of the wheelchair race on Monday-his eighth marathon-said he was reassured by the heightened security.
“We are not nervous,” he said. “We know the police will be here to protect people.”
Corral added that it was especially important to him and his teammates to return this year, to support Boston and each other. “As the signs say, ‘Boston Strong,'” he said. “That’s why we come back.”
That determination was echoed by many runners, including Scott Johnson, 54, of Atlanta.
“There’s a sense of resiliency,” said Johnson, executive director of the Scott Rigsby Foundation, a nonprofit that supports people who have lost limbs and has raised money for last year’s bombing victims.
“It’s sadness, but it’s also a kind of fortitude. Two people created the violence, but millions counter it with love and support. I like those odds!”
Ben Rancourt, 64, of Ste-Germaine, Quebec, was planning to run his eighth Boston Marathon along with his three younger brothers.
“We’re going to buy beer for the after party!” he said. “We’ll see, tomorrow, with the fans on both sides of the road-it will feel very great!”