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Ice And Snow Banks Make Boston Marathon Training More Challenging

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BOSTON (CBS) – From Hopkinton to Boston icy sidewalks and tall snow banks do not throw Boston Marathon runners off course.

“You have to watch out for the ice because a lot of people did not clear it,” runner Bronwen Price Dierksen said.

Chris Johnson is training for his 7th Boston Marathon.

“I fell yesterday on some black ice under the fresh snow,” Johnson said.

Last year New England hardly received any snow. This year Boston is covered in more than 24 inches of fresh packed snow.

“This year training is a lot different and a lot of icy mornings too,” Johnson said.

On Monday, runners in Wellesley were caught between a snow bank and busy traffic.

“True New Englanders always prepare in some of the best and worse training conditions. It’s all a part of the Boston Marathon experience,” runner and trainer Patrick Joyce said.

Joyce says in these snowy conditions runners need to train defensively.

“You don’t want to injure yourself by slipping on the ice so you really got to be careful where you are stepping. And you always want to run against the traffic so you can see what’s coming at you,” Joyce said.

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