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Minnesotan wins Boston Marathon shadow run in Afghanistan

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A Department of State civilian from Minnesota won the Boston Marathon shadow run at Bagram Air Field in Afghanistan on Friday.

Over 600 runners from Minnesota will race in Monday's 118th Boston Marathon, but Plymouth native Josh Peterson joined hundreds of runners in the event from the other side of the world, KSTP says.

The Boston Marathon shadow run is held annually on or near Patriots’ Day for United States armed forces personnel stationed overseas, according to the Boston Athletic Association's website. The entrants in Afghanistan received the same T-shirts, bibs and finishers' medals as those who will run stateside on Monday, the Watertown Daily Times says.

Peterson won this year's race with a time of 2 hours, 39 minutes and 10 seconds, Peterson told Dvids. It was his ninth marathon, but his first win.

"You've got people here who really want to be here and serve this country," Peterson told Dvids. "It was a really fun experience getting to run with all the soldiers, airmen and sailors out here."

Watch Peterson's full interview:

For photos from the event, click here.

As for those who are running in Monday's race, Peterson said, "Good luck and Boston Strong."

At the 2013 Boston Marathon, two pressure cooker bombs exploded near the finish line, killing three people and injuring more than 260 others.

With new rules, scores more police officers and heavy hearts, this year’s marathon is expected to be an emotional part of the healing process for many runners intent on crossing the finish line.

A total of 615 Minnesotans, including many that were unable to finish the race last year because of the bombing, are planning to be among the 37,000 runners at the starting line Monday morning.

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