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PORTLAND, Maine (NEWS CENTER) -- Mainers running the Boston Marathon were invited to a send-off and reception at the Maine Running Company in Portland Sunday afternoon.

The Maine Running Company held the "Honoring Boston" reception for the first time as a way to show support for marathon runners and bring the Maine running community closer together.

Some of the runners at the reception said they feel more support this year than ever before.

"It's really raised the profile of running in our state, and also sort of created a real wealth of goodwill towards people who run," said Victoria Foley, one of the organizers for the reception.

Some runners have recommitted themselves to the sport after last year's attacks.

Judy Tammaro thought last year's Boston Marathon would be her last marathon. She wanted to concentrate on skiing in the winter, instead of marathon training.

But after the bombings, she was more dedicated than ever before.

"I was going to be running Boston this year no matter what," said Tammaro. "I just needed to be there and let people know that I wasn't going to let anyone scare me."

The marathon is Monday, April 21st. Of the about 36,000 runners registered, 277 are from Maine.

There are other events planned for the spring to show support for Boston and the marathon.

The Maine Running company is having its Find Your Strong 5K on April 30th in Portland's Back Cove. All proceeds benefit The One Fund.

The Red Cross is having a Find Your Strong Blood Drive on May 3rd at the Forest Ave. location in honor of Boston.

Maine Running Company locations in Portland and Brunswick are handing out "Mainers at the Marathon" stickers and Mainers are encouraged to wear them if they will be in Boston for the marathon next week.

The stickers can also be found at Cadillac Mountain Sports in Bangor.

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