BOSTON - Hundreds of Floridians are right now in Boston, Mass., amid high security for the highly-anticipated Boston Marathon.
On Sunday, many said they were ready for the race to start but also looking back on last year's double bombing at the finish line.
Many of the registered runners from the Palm Beaches and Treasure Coast said they are trying to keep the spirit and tradition of the Boston Marathon alive and well.
"What if I was running and all of a sudden a bomb went off?," asked Steve Cortes of Jensen Beach. "What would my experience be and how would I react to it?," he said of the two bombs last year that claimed lives and injured hundreds more.
"I'm not going to walk around in fear because somebody wants me to, because they want me to be afraid of every little thing that's going on," added Cortes.
It is that mentality and that determination that has taken over this entire event - this whole city.
"There's an unknown," said Lee Rietsma, a Florida resident. "We don't know what's going to happen this year so I think by doing this, we'll take that risk no matter what," he said.
Nearly 900 Floridians are among the 36,000 marathon participants. An estimated one million spectators will line the 26.2 mile course. Along with them, will be a record 3,500 law enforcement personnel.
"The whole city just opens up to everybody," said Rex Noble of Palm City. "That's the great thing. You've got people coming up as we're coming in thanking us for coming back."