Some Long Island runners who were there when the bombs went off during last year’s Boston Marathon are gearing up to return for next week’s race.

Kathi Berson, of Fort Salonga, was less than a mile from the finish line when the two bombs exploded. Just before the race, Berson’s family made a life-saving decision to wait for her about a mile before the finish and not at the finish line.

“It...

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