INDIANAPOLIS (WISH) – Tuesday marks one year since the Boston Marathon bombings. Some Hoosiers who ran last year are headed back again. They say returning for them, is more important now than ever.
It was Troy Frazer’s first Boston Marathon last year. He had finished, and was about a block and a half away when the bombs went off. People he knew were hurt.
He says this year, he knew there was no question. He would run Boston again. He was so determined, he ran multiple other marathons across the country, to qualify in the nick of time.
“This is the year for Boston. This is the year to go, and remember, and just be a part of it. There will be a lot of ceremony, I’m sure afterwards, people reuniting,” said Frazer.
He says he’s looking forward to remembering and paying tribute.
“As I turn the corner, and come down Boylston Street there, and see the finish, I’m sure I’ll probably have some unusual emotions there. Obviously race to the finish, but, I’m sure there’s some things that will come into my mind and my heart,” Frazer said.
Brian Brown and his wife, are also heading back to Boston. 24-Hour News 8 spoke with them as they arrived at the airport from Boston last year.
Brown could hear the bombs going off, as he was watching for his wife, who was running. He says he’ll be there again to support her.
“The idea of finding something positive to come out of it, I think is helpful,” said Brown. Brown says he’s making a CD, to raise money for the survivors, and other charities.
“That’s what some of the lyrics I’ve written for the project are about, giving people hope,” said Brown.
Troy Frazer says the runner’s community is more united than ever: with a renewed perspective about living life to the fullest.
“Just for people to understand how much people care for other people,” said Frazer, talking about what he saw and experienced after Boston. “Value every moment.”
A couple weeks ago, we told you about another Hoosier now living in Boston, Lauren Pedigo.
She is also fundraising to raise money for the survivors of the bombing, and got a lot of help from right here in central Indiana.
For more information about how her fundraising is going, be sure to watch Daybreak on Tuesday morning.