TERRE HAUTE, Ind. (WTHI) – The start of the Boston Marathon is a little more than 12 hours away.
This comes a year after the deadly attack that ended last year’s race, leaving three people dead and hundreds severely injured.
Luckily, no Wabash Valley runners were injured in that attack, but many of them were there, and this year, they’re back.
News 10 sat down with one runner before he left for Boston.
Mike Morris shared his memories of last year, as he prepares to take the first steps of this year’s race.
He recalls the moment of attack that brought terror to the streets of Boston.
“We were in the family meeting area about two blocks away from where the first blast was,” said Morris.
The triumphant feeling of crossing the finish line, stolen.
“It’s deflating; I mean what was the point? I wasn’t angry or sad. I just didn’t understand at all,” said Morris.
It’s not the chaos that stands out for Morris but the shock that left a city speechless.
“People weren’t talking. They weren’t telling about how they felt at mile twelve, or how they felt at the top of heartbreak hill. They were just very quiet.”
The unsettling events, they can never be erased.
“Out of the events in my life this one doesn’t file away very well,” said Morris.
Without fear, he is returning to run the marathon for the 8th time, showing he too is Boston strong.
“Nobody puts on a race better than Boston.”