FAIRFIELD COUNTY, Conn. – A large contingent of runners from Fairfield County will run in Monday’s Boston Marathon.
The world will be watching as the runners step off. At last year's marathon, terrorists exploded two bombs, killing three people.
The Boston Marathon, which begins for most runners at 10 a.m. is the oldest marathon in the world. Marathon officials expect 36,000 people, 9,000 more than last year to run in the race.
The city has ramped up security in preparation for the race. There will be 3,500 officers patrolling the streets, 100 more security cameras and bomb-sniffing dogs, according to CNN. Backpacks and handbags are banned for runners, and the Boston Athletic Association has asked spectators to not bring them.
Last year's tragedy has not deterred people from Fairfield County from running in this year's marathon. Here’s a list, by town, of runners who are entered in the race, according to the Boston Marathon website:
Darien: Shana Decsi, Robert Flowers, Edward Freni, Scott Harrison, Liz Herbert, Daniel Hughes, Heather Knight Pech, Sara Lane, Spencer Matson, Kelsey Robertson, Benjamim Saunders and Christa Struk.
Danbury: Thomas Cronin, Habtom Habte and John Hilson.
Easton: Christopher Mosunic and Cory Mosunic.
Fairfield and Southport: Maura Brum, Nicholas Defino, Kevin Lamoin, Joseph Liotta, James McCloud, Mary Money, Jeffrey Nickell, Keri O’Neill, Joseph Swift, Katina Wolfe, John Barlow and Michael McCreesh.
Greenwich, Old Greenwich, Riverside and Cos Cob: Tara Allen, Grant Behrman, Loretta Dahnke, Sara Duval, Isabelle Goossens, Kim Iorillo, Hugo Mujica, Dennis Noskin, Dauvin Peterson, Samantha Romeny, David Santos, John Thaler, Erin Withstandley, Renata Britto-Pereira, Lizzy Dickey, John Krasniewicz, Sharon Vos, Richard Bucala, Gene Lee, Christopher Loveless, George Nelson, Peter Bailey, James Charlton, Dora Paz, Thomas Sheehy and Kate Sherman.
New Canaan: Ryan Buckley, Michael Buscher, Sean Carney, Melissa Cutler, Jennifer Forese, Roger Harper, Larry Ikard, David Keefe, Emily Merritt, Daniel O’Keefe, Thomas Robey, John Stevenson and Lisa Tuffy.
Norwalk: Carlo Agostinetto, Joshua Beatman, Erika Escartin, Justin Gage, Vasso Kelly, Janette Kosior, Yolande Miracle-Colburn, Eric Opdyke, Pete Pfister, Sergio Restrepo, Kate Stoker, Keith Suchy, James Whipple, Shannon Whipple and Blaine Wilkes.
Redding: Tina Roese and Mikhail Yeremeev.
Ridgefield: Allison Bernhardt, Byron Brooks, Carolyn Couture, Neil Farrow, Bill Gross, Jennifer Hansen, Mary Ellen Loncto, Christine Marinaccio, Jen Marr, Kathy McGroddy-Goetz, Deborah Povinelli, Larry Reilly, Megan Searfoss, Katherine Smith and Tim Urbanz.
Stamford: Wesley-Anne Bock Nelson; Kevin Costello; Antoinette Decker; Jeffrey Englander; Eileen Garvey; Eliza Gedney; Gavasker Manayath; Ryan Matherne; Todd Morrison; Joey Pierce; Liza Smeraldi; Jeff Watson; and Geoffrey Williams.
Weston: Emily Locher and Victoria McGrath.
Westport: Eric Beller, Evan Berkley, Ian Cadieu, Carol Clark, Richard Garland, Karen Jacobs, Alicia Kaestli, Brett Katzner, Kenneth Klegar, Todd Lubin, Jason Martin, Kenneth Palumbo, Christine Riniti,Kathryn Saphire, Eric Sydor, Carter Weil and Jennifer Weil.
Wilton: Mark Begor, Brandon Cohn, Kate Denious, Lynn Dinanno, Jason Golub, Melissa Golub, Jane Hoffman, Kristin Johnson, Corinne Lee, Kari Roberts, Sean Rooney, Kacky Theoharides, Kimberly Tully and Robert Williams.
The first wave of recreational runners leaves Hopkinton, Mass., at 10 a.m. The final wave begins at 11:25 a.m. Family and friends can track runners on the Boston Marathon website.