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Wilmington runner to race in first Boston Marathon

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"You don't necessarily have to run a marathon to see the determination and dedication that people will give to cross a finish line, whether it's actually a race or a personal goal in their life," Clifford said. "You don't necessarily have to run a marathon to see the determination and dedication that people will give to cross a finish line, whether it's actually a race or a personal goal in their life," Clifford said.

WILMINGTON, NC (WECT) - Officials in Boston are preparing for runners from across the world to pour into their city just one year after two bombs exploded near the finish line of the annual marathon.

They're expecting a large turnout saying the Boston Strong mentality will make this the biggest marathon the city has ever seen.

Many of those runners will be racing the streets for the first time hoping to honor the victims of the 2013 bombing, including Tom Clifford, a man from Wilmington, NC.

"You've got to really embrace the pain because you know it's coming and just push through it," Clifford said.

He believes a marathon is a lot like life.

"You go through your highs and your lows. It's a journey," Clifford said. "And when you cross the finish line, it's the best possible thing you could feel."

After last year's attack on Boston, Clifford decided he needed to take his strides up north.

"I was just angry after that," a determined Clifford said. "It was a no-brainer that I was going to go up there and run for that city and just the running community to support. I wouldn't want to miss something like that."

He's just one of thousands who plan to hit the pavement in their first Boston Marathon to prove a point.

"It's a testament of how strong we are as a people that we can move past what happened in light of what a tragedy that was," Clifford said.

The 26.2 miles provide a kind of therapy you can't get anywhere but the roads, according to those who run them every day.

"If you can push through that, you can push through a lot of things thrown at you in your life," Clifford testified.

He believes it's a lesson everyone can appreciate.

"You don't necessarily have to run a marathon to see the determination and dedication that people will give to cross a finish line, whether it's actually a race or a personal goal in their life," Clifford said.

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