BOISE -- Local runner Tony Huff is among the roughly 36,000 athletes competing in Monday's Boston Marathon.
Huff has been training for the marathon for months, and he finished the race around 1:00 p.m. MT. He completed the 26.2 miles in about three hours and 45 minutes.
People work for years to try to get to that level and a lot them of just don't reach it, said Huff about qualifying for the Boston Marathon.
It s the world s oldest marathon and the entire process is challenging. However, this isn't Huff's first time taking on the iconic race.
The last six miles is tough, just because you're so tired, said Huff. He's completed the 26.2 mile marathon six times before. In fact, he ran the Boston Marathon six years in a row from 2007 to 2012.
Last year's race would have marked number seven, but he decided to take a break from the Boston Marathon and focus on other running goals. He told us the commitment just became too much.
But then the bombs went off. Huff can still remember sitting at his desk in Boise and learning about the attack at the finish line.
Obviously shock, said Huff about the bombings. A lot of anger. A lot of anger and then a lot of resolve not to be taken down by anything like this.
That resolve reignited Huff s commitment to Boston. He switched up his training and qualified for the Boston Marathon last year at the Lake Lowell Marathon.
He's been working hard for Boston ever since, going on long road and trail runs. We caught up with him on Friday at one of his favorite spots outside Boise: the Oregon Trail.
I try to run 40 to 50 miles a week, said Huff. When I'm actually training for an event I'll up that to 70 or 80 miles a week.
Huff added that this time around, his focus has changed. For him, the 2014 Boston Marathon isn't about competition or setting a personal record, it's about solidarity.
People will give up their own race to help somebody who's in need, he said of the running community as a whole.
Huff reached his goal of finishing the marathon in less than 4 hours. He hopes each step helped send a message to anyone watching.
We're not going to let anybody challenge us, Huff added.
Huff told us the atmosphere in Boston was emotional, electric and overwhelming Monday. He's happy to be a part of the healing for runners around the world impacted by last year's bombings.
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