2014 Boston Marathoners

It’s been a year since two bombs exploded at the Boston Marathon and now participants are heading back to the starting line, including some local residents.

Cardiologist dr. James Ostrenga was just blocks from the finish line during the first explosion. It was his third and supposedly last Boston Marathon, but having never finished, he wanted to run this year’s race for some closure.

“The racing community, the city of Boston, hopefully the people who were directly affected by the bombings feel that things are back to normal, that this whole bad experience has been brought to some kind of closure,” Ostrenga said.

Steve Essig, who works at Naperville Running Company, will be running his 10th Boston Marathon but missed last year’s race. He’s ran more than 30 marathons overall.

“I just want to be out there supporting the running community,” Essig said. “And I hope it’s somewhat of a celebration too, as difficult as it might be.”

Naperville Central High School business teacher Christine Bell will also be among the 36,000 runners in Boston.

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