BOSTON, MA (WALB) - A South Georgia runner is lacing up her running shoes for the 120th Boston Marathon.
Area runner and marathon participant Charlene Pennymon says, "I love distance running. The further I go, the better it is, and the better I feel."
This will be Pennymon's fourth Boston Marathon.
Pennymon says she's been running for almost twenty years now.
"I used to be a speed walker and I walked so fast that eventually it became a trot," Pennymon mentions.
And that trot generally transformed into long distance running.
Pennymon ran her first marathon at the Albany's Snickers Marathon where she qualified for her first Boston Marathon in 2013.
It was the same year as the Boston bombings where two bombs exploded near the finish line killing three and injuring hundreds of others.
Pennymon made it across the finish line well before the first bomb, but her husband was near the chaos.
"He could feel the heat of all that and it was just a real scary experience for him because he was actually amongst it all," Pennymon explains.
That tragedy hasn't kept her from continuing to run in Boston. She says she feels at ease with the additional security.
"They're really tight. They have bomb sniffing dogs. They have all these patrolmen with guns and it's almost like you're at a military site," Pennymon adds.
And the exhilaration is still present in the city.
"You can't get tired, because there's just so much energy and excitement from just complete strangers," Pennymon says.
She mentions that she won't let the enemy take away something she loves
"It has just been a phenomenal ride. It's like you're in this elite club of runners and we just love to get together and do something a lot of people don't like to do which is squint and run," Pennymon says.
Pennymon hopes to cross this year's finish line in under than three hours and forty-five minutes.
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