Northern California Runners Look Back at Boston Marathon Tragedy
SACRAMENTO – Tuesday marks the one-year anniversary of the Boston Marathon bombings.
A moment of silence will be held at 2:49 p.m. EST to honor the victims of the tragedy, marking the time when the first bomb went off.
Three people were killed and hundreds more injured when two explosions went off in quick succession at the finish line of the 2013 race.
One year later, the running community is proving it is Boston Strong, and the elite 26.2 mile race will go on.
This year's Boston Marathon will take place on Patriot's Day April 21, and while the bombings will likely be on the minds of many, it is not stopping thousands of runners from lacing up.
of Sacramento will be returning to Boston this year. LaSala had just finished the 2013 Boston Marathon about an hour before the first explosion. She was safe in her hotel room, but remembered looking down onto Boylston Street and watching the chaotic scene unfold as thousands ran for cover through clouds of smoke and debris.
LaSala said this year's race will likely be the "safest ever."
"There's been a lot of emails from the Boston Athletic Association that have come out announcing new security policies as they come," said LaSala.
When asked if she was nervous to go back to Boston, LaSala responded, "You know, that weird thought in the back of my mind "what if" then you know, it's going to be doing what I love and I have to just be okay with that."
This year's race marks LaSala's seventh Boston Marathon, but she said this will be her most memorable.
"Everyone who is going to run knows that it's going to be a really special year and it's going to be an emotional year," said LaSala.
Chris Kovalchick of Boston finished about an hour and a half before the first explosion. He too is returning this year.
"I think the attention is welcome, eyes are on us and it's not in a negative light. It's kind of neat just to feel that energy from across the nation, and I tell you I'll be running for you and for everyone else who's running that day," said Kovalchick.
On that prestigious stage on 'Marathon Monday,' thousands of runners will ban together, setting foot to pavement to prove they are 'Boston Strong.'
"I think the people of Boston kind of almost felt violated that this happened in their city, and they're here to take it back this year, and I think all of us runners want to help in achieving that goal," said. LaSala.
Marathon organizers said a record setting 35,000 runners are expected to participate in the 2014 Boston Marathon.