Syracuse (WSYR-TV) – In one week, runners from all over the world, including Central New York, will be in Boston for the first marathon there since the bombings last year.
One year ago, three people were killed and nearly 300 injured when two men exploded bombs near the finish line.
A team of runners have been training in Syracuse for a return to Boston, including Karyl Sargent, whose first Boston Marathon was last year.
"Once you got there, the people, the whole crowd support in the area," Sargent said. "Once you round the final corner and you see the finish line, that's when you kind of pick it up and say whew, I made it."
Mandy Howard was coaching Sargent to the finish line during the race last year.
"The energy throughout the entire race is amazing," Howard recalled.
Not long after Sargent and Howard finished the marathon, bombs went off very close to where Howard and another coach were waiting for Sargent outside the medical tent.
“I heard it go off and I just thought it was cannons. Then I could hear the announcer with panic in his voice tell everybody to clear the area," Sargent explained.
"You heard one and then you heard another, so I was just bracing for the worst. I immediately tried to call my boyfriend at home and my intention was to say this might be a goodbye for us because I was that scared," Howard said.
"First there is shock and anger, sadness and then determination. You're going to come back and support everybody," Sargent said.
Part of their training has been about finishing on Boylston Street and what that will be like. They say they're anticipating it will be extra special.
"I know it will be a deep sense of pride when I put it [the runner's bib] on," Sargent said.
"I actually visited Boston once this year and I went to the finish line and I just stood there and just took it all in because I wanted to make sure when I came back this year that I would be excited to be at that finish line, not afraid," Howard said.
A run to honor the victims of the 2013 Boston Marathon will be held on Monday, April 21 at 5:45 p.m. at Onondaga Lake Park.