North Mississippians prepare for Boston Marathon

Reported by: Susan Parker
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Updated: 4/02 8:29 pm
CORINTH, Miss. (WTVA)-- Avid runner Kenneth Williams is going back to Boston to finish what he and thousands of others started.

"It's just something out there that's left undone and I'm not gonna feel right about it until I complete it," said Williams.

Williams was just one half mile from the finish line when the bombs exploded.

"I heard the blasts and I saw the smoke and actually felt a little percussion from it also," added Williams.

When the smoke cleared, he would remember more than the shock waves.

"It was a very traumatic thing and I'm older and I didn't think something like that would really dramatically affect me but it did," said Williams.

He and other friends are all wearing t-shirts counting down the hours, minutes, and seconds until they finish the 2013 Boston Marathon.

Williams and fellow runners are returning to the place where the race ended for them.

"We hope to do that and finish something 369 days later," added Williams.

Joining north Mississippians at the Boston Marathon will be Esther Sanders.

This is her first time to run the marathon.

"My family is behind me cheering for me and I'm really looking forward to it," said Sanders.

She proudly displays a t-shirt that lists all the towns along the route that support the marathon and what it represents.

"The spirit of the people that live in the towns all around there and those in Boston-it speaks volumes. They won't let it die," added Sanders.

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