Qualifying for the Boston Marathon is on every marathon runner's bucket list, and when last year's event was shaken by tragedy, local runners that qualified to run in this historic year are even more honored to be a part of it.
"Ya know for me to be there and to watch all of these folks come back, that's pretty inspiring and so to see people that are literally just taking back their city, taking back the fear that was instilled in them, that's empowering."
That's Fort Wayne resident Beth Schrader and she is pretty inspiring herself. At 25, she spent over 30 days in the hospital battling the life threatening illness of leukemia.
"My 15 year bone marrow transplant Boston so year, the day I'm running, 15 years ago I was cooped up in a hospital not really understanding what the outcome looked like. Not knowing that outcome."
Qualifying for the Boston Marathon is meaningful to Beth in more ways than one.
"There will be a lot of parallels and a lot of similarities and a lot of closure. For me personally, but even bigger as a community of runners and even more so as a nation of Americans."
Also running from Van Wert, Ohio is Nicole Byrum. A lifelong runner, qualifying for the Boston Marathon has always been a dream of hers.
"Definitely a race that I've always wanted to do and what happened last year was very unfortunate, very tragic. I can't believe that it happened."
Both runners trained through a brutal winter to get to the event and say that the race will be emotional for everyone.
"I think both the start and the finish of the race will be very emotional for a lot of reasons, but because of everything that happened last year. I think it will be really emotional."
"Being blessed, ya know just really feeling a privilege. It's going to be a real privilege to be there and to watch everyone else there for one goal."
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