Macon woman returns to Boston to complete marathon on Monday. | News
Monday, the world will watch as people from all over the country converge on Boston for the 118th Marathon.
This comes a little over a year after a pair of brothers unleashed bombs that killed and injured hundreds of athletes and spectators at the finish line.
One woman plans to go back to Boylston Street and finish what she began last spring.
Lori Brewer is thankful that she and her family survived the bombing.
"I was tired, Lori recalled. They say in a marathon after 20 miles if the devil is going to talk to you that's when he's going to talk to you."
For Lori Brewer evil hit when she was less than a half mile from finishing the Boston Marathon last year.
"I distinctly remember the sounds of the first bomb then there were a few seconds and then the second one," she said. "I remember looking around in the crowd and the first thing I saw I was a lady on the side just started crying like we knew something was wrong."
Then her family immediately came to mind.
As with many of the athletes, Brewer had a cheering squad near the end, the place where the explosions happened.
"The first thing I thought to do was go up to someone on the side and ask for a cell phone because my children my husband and my niece were all close to the finish line, she said. That's where my thoughts were. They were caught in traffic luckily."
Everyone in the Brewer family was okay but it took hours for them to reconnect, hours that Brewer calls chaotic and caring at the same time.
"Everyone in Boston who was on the side came and helped us and gave us sweatshirts and water and somebody was my angel and he drove me to my hotel because there was not public transportation no way to get anywhere, Brewer recalled fondly. Everyone was just walking across the river out of Boston it really reminded me of the scenes of 911 just horrible.
Marathon organizers gave out an additional 5,000 race entries this year to accommodate those that didn't get to finish last April.
They told the athletes well in advance that security will be tight and some traditions will fall by the wayside.
"The run goes by Boston University and the students tend to come out and race with you and this year they said we can't have any of that," she said.
Brewer, who only envisioned running this marathon once in her life, has made some changes too.
"I am not bringing my kids this year," she said. "I don't want to put them through that again. I think that was really scary for them."
But for this Mom and thousands of other folks, it's time to face the fears, chase away the anxiety, go back to Boston and finish strong.
"It was frustrating going 25 miles and then someone ruined it and it became a sad day," Brewer said. "So this year I'm looking forward to it becoming a happy day."