Louisiana's Boston Marathon connections
BATON ROUGE - It's been nearly a year since bombs went off at the finish line of the Boston Marathon, killing three people and injuring hundreds more.
The tragedy led to several rule changes for this year's marathon, which is on Monday, April 21st. Extra security has been added and organizers have banned strollers and bags as a precaution.This year, Louisiana will have several connections to the marathon.
Col. Mike Edmonson with the State Police will be in Boston to train with the Massachusetts State Police. In the past, similar safety measures have been used for the Louisiana Marathon, and Col. Edmonson plans to bring back more knowledge this year.
Col. Edmonson's son, Michael, will be accompanying his dad to Boston. The younger Edmonson will be running the marathon for the first time this year.
Chef Leo Verde from Sullivan's was near the finish line when the bombs went off last year. He will be back in Boston this year to run the race a second time.
Watch the video to hear more of their stories.