SPOKANE, Wash. -- Runners from our area who were in Boston last year during the marathon bombings said they knew they had to come back.
Lori Buratto and Vicki Monsey have run the Boston Marathon several times. They are competitive runners who care about their finish time and trying to set a personal record.
On Monday, they said it is all about being together and celebrating the running community.
The terrifying end to the 2013 Boston Marathon was a scary event for many people along the race route and those watching at home.
Buratto and Monsey said it only strengthened their desire to return to the race.
“If the bombing had not occurred, I probably would not be going back. But as soon as that happened I knew in my heart I wanted to go back,” said Monsey.
Lori showed off the jacket runners will wear this year.
“I’m really excited to go back this year. I think it’s going to be really special, a really emotional time,” said Buratto.
Monsey will not be running in the race because she injured her foot. She also has her jacket from last year and has kept a wristband on each day since the 2013 marathon. She had hoped to take it off at the finish line on Monday.
“I’ll probably look at the clock and think, ‘Okay, I’d be starting now,” said Monsey.
She said this year’s marathon is also a celebration of all the spectators. Buratto said they showed up to races just months after the bombings.
“You wondered if people would come out or if they’d scared and they weren’t, they were there and they were cheering,” said Buratto.
Both women finished the 2013 marathon well before the bombs went off but they said just being in the city at the time created a deep connection with the event.