Iowa City Runners Prepare for Boston Marathon One Year After Attack

By Mark Carlson, Reporter

IOWA CITY, Iowa - A year after a terrorist attack at the Boston Marathon left the world in shock, dozens of runners from eastern Iowa are preparing to head to Boston. Among them are nearly 20 runners from Iowa City, who all plan to run the marathon next week.

"I'm humbled and excited to be a part of it," said Jodi Graff of Iowa City. "The running community is strong."

Several others are students at the University of Iowa.

"Last year I couldn't go because I was sick," said Jessica Yagla, a University of Iowa senior. "I can't wait to be a part of it this year."

"I broke my leg in December," said fellow student Melony McDermott, who plans to run despite the recent injury. "It'll be an experience."

The runners said being part of the marathon one year after the attack is special. Many say their focus will be on remembering and honoring the victims of the attack.
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