The Boston Marathon is known by many runners as the holy grail of marathons, but the event last year quickly turned tragic after two bombs exploded near the finish line. As we approach the start of the race, area runners that will be heading to Boston.
This year's race is April 21. The field is bigger than year's past, because officials opened up 9,000 spots to let runners in that didn't finish the race last year.
Mike Waldera from Sioux Falls ran in his first Boston Marathon last year. He was being treated for cramping after finishing the race, and he estimates he was 80 yards away from the first explosion. He remembers after the blast everyone froze and didn't know what to do, but that changed once the second bomb went off.
“As soon as the second bomb went off it was pandemonium. Everybody started running back and forth people were almost fleeing for their lives literally,” Waldera said.
Waldera says even with the horrible things he witnessed, he still plans on running the marathon this year. With the extra security being planned for the race, he doesn't think there will be a repeat of last year's attack.