By Alana Gomez, WBZ-TV

BOSTON(CBS) – The weekend before Marathon Monday is getting a lot of runners pumped up for the big day.

Defending champions were honored at a breakfast at the Copley Plaza Hotel.

Those elite runners will be at the head of the pack but a lot of others are hoping to become familiar faces as well. 

A lot of them were grabbing their numbers at the Hynes Convention Center. 

 WBZ-TV’s Alana Gomez reports

“This is my 28th Boston marathon and after finishing it will be my 137th marathon,” said JJ Wind from Virginia.

Wind just turned 61 years old and is hoping to score a record run in his age bracket. 

A lot of first timers are looking forward to being a part of the big event.

“I just want to go in, have a good time and take in every second of it,” said Hilary Moffett, who came in from Washington D.C.

A lot of people have ambitious personal goals.

“My best tiem was when I was in high school. Now I’m over 40 and I want to try to beat the time I had when I was 16 years old,” said John Fedoroff from Thousand Oaks, California.

There’s also a sense of team spirit in the air.

“It’s like an elite family you’re a part of, it’s really special,” said Betsy Shaak, who’s running her second Boston marathon and flew in from West Virginia.

“Everywhere you walk everybody’s excited and they cheer you on and they ask you questions, it’s cool,” said runner and volunteer Jeff Fyfe.

Saturday night a lot runners planned to load up on carbs and rest for the big day.

And of course, just down the road, crews were putting the finishing touches on the Boston Marathon finish line Saturday.

WBZ NewsRadio 103o’s Kim Tunnicliffe reports

Thousands will cross it on Monday for the 115th running of the Boston Marathon.