Local Runners Returning to Boston Marathon

Created: 04/14/2014 7:16 PM
By: Steph Crock

(ABC 6 News) -- Tuesday will be the one year anniversary of the Boston Marathon bombings that killed three and injured almost 300. However, last year's horrific events haven't broken runners spirits, in fact, they seem stronger than ever. We spoke with two Rochester runners who were there last year and are heading back for another race.

These ladies have trained for a number of races, but Monday morning's run was one of the last before they head out east for the Boston Marathon.

"It's my second, last year was my first year," said Rochester runner Mikki Tuma. Mikki and her friend Maureen Jones were both running in the Boston Marathon last year. Maureen had just gone through the finish line when tragedy struck.

"I heard a really loud boom and people started to cry next to me," said Maureen in an interview with us the day after the bombings. "My heart is broken today. It's even more real today than even yesterday when I was there," she also said in that interview.

Now, a year has passed. "Before we left Boston last year it was kind of my goal to make it back," said Mikki.

That's what they're doing, revisiting the city to show they're spirit can’t be broken. "I think everybody is pretty excited about it," said Maureen.

"There's nothing better than a comeback and I think that's what everybody is doing and I know there are a lot of people who are new to marathons and their goal is to get to Boston this year to run for the people who couldn't," said Mikki.

Still they admit, when they see that finish line, right where hundreds were injured, there’s going to be a flood of emotions. "I can’t imagine there's going to be dry eye there," said Maureen.

"I can already tell I'm going to cry," said Mikki.

However, they say these tragic events have only formed a camaraderie between Boston runners, and that support at next week’s race, will be overwhelming. "I think our hats all go off to Boston, you know, for being such a great city and never giving up on what they believe in," said Maureen.

Those Rochester runners are flying out at the end of this week. The actual marathon will take place one week from today.

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