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That determination was echoed by many runners, including Scott Johnson, 54, of Atlanta.

“There’s a sense of resiliency,” said Johnson, executive director of the Scott Rigsby Foundation, a nonprofit that supports people who have lost limbs and has raised money for last year’s bombing victims.

“It’s sadness, but it’s also a kind of fortitude. Two people created the violence, but millions counter it with love and support. I like those odds!”

Ben Rancourt, 64, of Ste-Germaine, Quebec, was planning to run his eighth Boston Marathon along with his three younger brothers.

“We’re going to buy beer for the after party!” he said. “We’ll see, tomorrow, with the fans on both sides of the road_it will feel very great!”