SANTA BARBARA, Calif. -

It's been one year since the Boston Marathon bombings but that's not holding back runners from heading to the oldest annual race in the world.

About thirty runners from Santa Barbara are making their way to Boston. Many say it's their way to pay tribute to the victims and survivors of last year's tragedy.

Gary and Doris Clancy were in Boston last year. Doris was on the sidelines cheering her husband on as the bombs went off about a block away from her. Gary was unable to finish the race. About a half a mile to the finish, law enforcement immediately stopped the runners and told them to take shelter.

Gary and Doris have been married for 45 years. They were lucky enough to reunite without injury.  They are now heading back to Boston where Gary will run again. This year's marathon is set to draw a record number of participants with more than 1-million spectators. City officials say security will be especially tight.  

NewsChannel 3 Anchor Shirin Rajaee reports.