Local Runner Returns To Compete in Boston Marathon

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LURAY, Va. (WHSV) -- Tuesday marks the one year anniversary since the Boston Marathon bombings. Across the country, people will remember those affected by what happened.

This year, one local runner is gearing up to compete again, in hopes of crossing the finish line in memory of those who couldn't.

Carol Clark said crossing the finish line was a dream come true, but what happened next was anything short of a happy ending.

"The first sound that I heard, it sounded like a canon and you could actually feel the boom," said Clark.

She said, she couldn't help but look up to the sky to see if we were under attack.

Now as the dust settled, she realized she had to end on a high note.

"We wanted to create triumph over tragedy so that's why we have to go back again. We have to see it through and finish this chapter," said Clark.

So, she tied her shoes and went back to running nearly 75 miles a week. As she packs for the big day, she said strength and unity will be the key in helping her cross the finish line again.

"We can overcome all of this stuff. You know, terror really stinks but we are stronger and better than all of that, we really are," said Clark.

While last year was about making time, she said this year is about completing the race with a happy ending, creating triumph over tragedy.

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