Boston tragedy doesn't deter distance runners

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NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) - Vicki Schmidt continues to suffer flashbacks of the bombs going off at the Boston Marathon. Her boyfriend, there cheering her on, has a hole in his eardrum and hearing loss in both ears.

She didn't finish the race, but the physical and mental wounds have made Schmidt more determined to run the half-marathon portion of Saturday's Country Music Marathon - which promises to be an emotional event.

It is the largest combined marathon and half-marathon to be held in the United States since the April 15 bombings that killed three people and injured more than 260.

Schmidt says "there's a lot more good than evil in this world, and I can't be scared to walk out my door."

The paralegal isn't alone. About 30,000 runners are expected in Nashville.


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