'Vegas Strong' runners preparing for Boston Marathon

LAS VEGAS - It’s been five years since the Boston Marathon bombings that killed three people and injured several hundred others. 

A group of 22 Vegas Strong runners is in Boston preparing for the race which is taking place on Monday. 

The runners say it’s all in solidarity to remember every victim of both the bombing and the 1 October shooting. 

For local runner Jeremy Wallace, the Boston Marathon is a milestone in his life. 

“This is my 7th time running Boston,” Wallace said. 

The run will be noticeably different for him this year. The Vegas Strong Resiliency Center, which helps the victims of 1 October, has sponsored him and 21 other runners.

“There's certainly a sense of connection with the members of Boston and Las Vegas and the way that you see the strength and the resiliency of the community,” Wallace said. 

Wallace says that resiliency is the common thread that’s bringing people, the nation together, despite the distance and the tragedies. 

“We realize that we're not as you know far apart as we think we are you know,” Wallace said.  

The Resiliency Center offers free counseling. They’re reminding people they have until October 1st, 2019 to sign up for the Nevada Victims of Crime Program.

It helps pay for counseling expenses not normally covered by insurance. 

“One of the runners that came with us out to Boston and is running with the Resiliency Center team she's running each mile for a different victim,” Wallace said.  

The 2018 race will be the 122nd edition of the world’s oldest annual marathon. 

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