Erie Man Prepares for Boston Marathon

Published 04/16 2014 05:16PM

Updated 04/16 2014 06:22PM

An Erie man is getting ready for what could be the most emotional race of his life. One year after the Boston Marathon bombings, Dave Vickey will return to the place where he experienced sheer terror.

Vickey was a half mile away from the finish line when the first bomb exploded. He experienced the chaos and tragedy of that day first hand but it didn’t deter him from running this year’s marathon. On April 21, Vickey will run in Boston for his third consecutive Boston Marathon. He says he feels apprehensive but is looking forward to the sense of camaraderie and support from runners and those who have lost a loved one.

Since last year’s attack, race regulations have increased. Metal detectors, security check points and thousands of uniformed and undercover officers will be on the scene. Runners must now carry clear plastic bags and spectators are prohibited to wear costumes, carry backpacks and bring strollers to the event.

Vickey says there will be about a dozen other Erie natives running in the marathon this year.

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