BOSTON, Mass. - HEADLINE:
Floridians back to finish the Boston Marathon they started a year ago
Vero Beach woman was hesitant to run race again
Many south Floridians say they journeyed back to the Boston Marathon to finish what they started a year ago.
Dozens of people from the Palm Beaches and the Treasure Coast were crossing the marathon finish line Monday, choosing to face any fears after last year's bombing.
36,000 runners started their day at Boston Common to take buses to the starting line in the small town of Hopkinton. Back at Boston Common is where they will end marathon Monday after successfully - and safely - crossing that finish line.
As much as these runners were trying to put the past behind them it is not easy, said Jeri Lynn Kranze of Vero Beach. "The thought of thinking for 26 miles 'Is something going to happen?' was daunting." It was not until two weeks ago that she finally decided to return to run.
Kranze was about a quarter mile from the finish line last year when it was blown apart by two homemade pressure-cooker bombs. Her husband, Richard, had been right there at the finish line waiting for her. They could not find each other for hours. Both were uninjured.
"What happened to her? Is she safe? Is she ok?," said Mr. Kranze of the questions he was frantically asking himself after the blasts.
2014's Boston Marathon was a chance for Kranze to finally complete the race. "I just wanted to go," she said. "I wanted to finish what I had started."
Mr. Kranze was waiting for his wife in the same spot as last year; right next to the finish line. "Boston Strong," he said. "We're all turning out from around the whole world."