Patti Crookshank is back in Boston. She said she had no hesitation about revisiting this place, where she ran last year.
But it does feel different. "You can sense it," she said by phone on Sunday night, as she began final preparations for this stretch of 26.2 miles. She and her husband Randy made the trip to the city again this year. Both were in Boston for the race last year. Patti had just finished the race, when the explosions erupted on the course.
"It's going to be more emotional this year," she admitted. "Coming down Boylston, knowing what happened last year. There are more people here, and the whole thing just feels different."
The Crookshank's daughter, Annie, says the family has already started a "group text" to make sure they are all in contact. She found out through a friend last year about the bombing, and initially had trouble getting in touch with her parents.
Crookshank is just one of dozens, if not hundreds, or runners from Washington State who will run the Marathon. It it considered, by many runners, to be the Granddaddy of Marathoning, and a key achievement.
Erica Nash, of Bellevue, was stopped about a half mile short of the finish line last year. She was invited back to complete the race, and says she considers it to be her last marathon. Members of the Green Lake Running Club are also scheduled to race.
Nash will be among the first runners in the "mobility impaired" division, that begins at 5:50am Pacific Time. The last wave of runners does not begin until 8:25am Pacific.