15 runners who will inspire you this Marathon Monday

Boston.com

Thousands of runners will cross the Boston Marathon starting line in Hopkinton on Monday.

Some will be running the 26.2-mile course for the first time. Others will have already crossed the finish line more than a dozen times. Being crowned with a gold laurel wreath and securing a spot on the podium is the goal for some of the athletes, but for others, the race is a way to give back, conquer obstacles, and create change.

No matter where you look, it won’t be hard to find inspiration in the runners’ perseverance and grit. Here are just a few of those running the race whose inspirational stories will make you want to cheer.

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