BANGOR — The sound of runners and crowds cheering was back in Boston.
Thousands of runners made their way to the city Monday for the 125th Boston Marathon.
“If you’re a runner it’s what you dream of,” said Chad Boucher of Portland, who has run the marathon twice now.
Runners go through weeks and weeks of training leading up to this day every year.
“I typically would run five days a week out of two days off,” said Katie Norwood. She has run the Boston Marathon four times.
Last year the marathon was virtual, but this year runners had the option.
Rene Collins ran her 17th Boston Marathon but she began running later in life. Her first marathon was in 1986.
“I was 40. I had smoked cigarettes for 25 years and I said, ‘I don’t think this is OK,'” Collins said.
“I stopped smoking. The next morning I put on a pair of shoes which were not running shoes and began something new and it worked.”
Runners must qualify in order to run. Norwood said it depends on your age and gender.
Having it online opened up that range of qualifications and because of it, Collins said she could participate this year.
“In past years I could’ve run three-plus marathons in the time that I ran this year but that’s OK,” Collins said. “We did it and we had fun and we giggled like little school girls. We just had a good time.”
The Boston Athletic Association made the announcement that the next Boston Marathon will take place in April 2022.
All agree there is something special about this marathon.
“It kind of just sucks you back in and what sucks you back in is how the whole city is,” Norwood said.