Elmira/Corning Regional Airport
Local Runners Prepare for Boston Marathon
Written By: Tanja Rekhi
CORNING (WENY) -- A year ago today, Laura Ball headed down Boylston Street, eager to see her boyfriend at the finish line, but bombs erupted moments before she could cross.
Three spectators were killed, 16 lost limbs, and hundreds were injured.
"I went from one of the greatest highs in my life to like the biggest low. It was devastating," said Ball.
She said she couldn't process what was happening right away. A sense of security was shattered for thousands of runners.
But despite fears in six days, Laura will lace up her sneakers once again and join thousands of runners for the world's oldest annual marathon.
"I'm kind of shaking in my boots," said Ball. "There's a part of me that's really scared and there's a part of me that feels like I'm going to go back and I'm going to qualify for next year."
According to the Marathon's website, the race will have more police presence, EMS staffing, and emergency communications. Trauma counseling will also be available.
Brendan Glover of Corning is originally from the Boston area. He will also head back home for his 5th total marathon.
"Yeah there was a tragedy last year, but that community is banding together and isn't going to let them stop them in the future," said Glover. "It's good to see the community supporting the active athletes going out there."
Glover finished the race in 2 hours and 45 minutes. Laura Ball has yet to officially cross the finish line.
"It's not a matter of wanting to go back, it's having to go back," said Ball. "One I have to cross the finish line and I kind of feel like it's going to kill the demons so to speak. It's been a really hard year dealing with the emotions and if I can go back and finish, then we won, or it's over with."
Laura Ball and Brendan Glover are joining thousands of runners who are returning again. The Boston Athletic Association increased running slots to make room for people who were stopped before they could finish the race.