Wounded veterans prepare for Boston Marathon

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April 16, 2011, 5:32 pm

(NECN: John Moroney) - Arriving at Logan Airport Saturday - these wounded veterans - 14 of them in all - are here to run in the 115th Boston Marathon. Joe Beinfohr lost both his legs while serving in iraq six years ago. This will be his eleventh marathon.

"I haven't done Boston. This will be may first time doing Boston. So I'm looking forward to Heartbreak Hill," said Beinfohr.

At the Copley Plaza Hotel, the Boston Athletic Association honored some of the marathon winners - past and present - who have contributed to the race's history and tradition.

Bill Rodgers - the four-time winner and fan favorite - is this year's grand marshall. Joan Benoit Samuelson of Maine took home tops honors twice. And she'll be at the starting line in Hopkinton Monday - the first time she has run Boston since 1993.

This will be Aaron Hunnel's first trek over Heartbreak Hill. Last year, he ran his first "satellite" Boston Marathon at a military base in Iraq.

This year, he's been invited to run in the real thing. "Just to be here and to get my first marathon under belt is great," he said.

Tags: Iraq, Boston Marathon, John Moroney, veterans, race, Marathon Monday, Heartbreak Hill
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