Local runners qualify, vow to return to Boston Marathon
MILWAUKEE – More than 450 runners from Wisconsin have qualified for the 2014 Boston Marathon.
Race organizers released qualifying times Wednesday, signaling the return of many local runners who were nearby when tragedy struck last April.
"...the rush of everything, and people yelling there's a bomb, and it sounded like a canon, so we had no idea really what was happening," said Lisa Martin of Glendale, who finished this year’s race not long before two bombs exploded near the finish line.
When the smoke cleared, three people were dead. Many more were wounded by the bomb blasts.
Instead of losing hope, runners from across the world became determined to return next year.
“If you don't do things because you're scared, you'll never do anything," Martin explained.
The drive to race again pushes thousands of runners that extra mile. Next time, they say, the marathon won't be about personal bests.
"We don't want the terrorists to win. We want to show them that we're stronger than that. The city of Boston is stronger than that. The entire marathon is bigger than any of that,” said Ron Blaha of Brookfield, who also ran in the 2013 Boston Marathon.