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PHOENIX (KSAZ) -

Thousands are preparing to run the Boston Marathon on Monday.

This will be the one year anniversary of the bombings that killed three people and injured more than 200 others near the finish line.

For many runners, they'll be returning to Boston to run a year after the tragedy, including one Arizona man.

This will be Jay Meyer's third time running the marathon. He was there last year and felt the blasts from those pressure cooker bombs just yards away from where he was standing.

He says it'll be emotional to return, but is excited to go back.

"We go almost every year," he said.

The Boston Marathon has played a huge role in Meyer's life.  His father, Greg Meyer, won the marathon in 1983 and is the last American to ever win.

"It's been a part of my life pretty much since I was born," he said.

He's run the marathon a number of times with his dad.

"I ran with my dad on his 25th anniversary six years ago and then my brother and I ran with him last year for his 30th."

Little did they know, the terrifying scene that would play out on their day of celebration, just yards away from where they were standing.

"It was probably 10 to 15 minutes after we finished.  We didn't really know what it was we thought.. maybe it was a transformer at the finish line that had blown.. we just weren't really sure," he said.  "Heard the bomb, felt the bomb, you could feel it and then you look up and could see all the debris in the air..  you knew something wasn't right."

It wasn't until they saw the crowds running away from the finish line and the first responders running toward it -- did they know something was wrong.

His family returned to the hotel where they watched the horrifying scene play out on the news. 

But now, a year after the bombings, his family is returning to Boston just as they've done for years.

"I know it will probably be emotional once I get there and in the actual place where everything happened last year, but I think that the running community, city of Boston and everybody that's involved in the event.. a positive good year," he said.

36,000 runners are expected this year.  That's up from 27,000 runners last year.
They are also expecting huge crowds.

Now, because of all this, there will be a lot of security -- and this year, unlike years past -- no backpacks will be allowed anywhere near the race route.

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