IT'S JUST A LITTLE OVER ONE WEEK UNTIL THE 118TH BOSTON
IT'LL MARK ONE YEAR SINCE THE BOMBING AT THE FINISH
LINE THAT KILLED THREE PEOPLE.
AND INJURED OVER 260 OTHERS.
KXLY4'S CAITI CURREY IS WORKING FOR YOU TONIGHT.
WITH THE STORY OF ONE SPOKANE RUNNER'S DESIRE TO RETURN
TO THE BIG RACE.
DEREK- NEXT MONDAY MARKS AN IMPORTANT DAY FOR MANY
RUNNERS THROUGHOUT THE COUNTRY.
IT WILL BE A DAY THAY SYMBOLIZES STRENGTH.
AND FOR ONE SPOKANE RUNNER.
THAT NOTHING CAN KEEP HER FROM DOING WHAT SHE LOVES.
I didn't want to believe it at first, we were just
BRYANNA PETRIE WAS ON THE SUBWAY HOME FROM COMPLETING
HER SECOND BOSTON MARATHON.
WHEN SHE GOT WORD OF THE HORRIFIC NEWS.
We walked directly past the bombs about 10 minutes
before it went off.
OVER 260 INJURED.
AND SO MANY QUESTIONS AS TO WHY?
It was very surreal it was horrific.
PETRIE SPOKE TO KXLY THE DAY OF THE MARATHON.
SHE SAID SHE WASN'T SURE SHE WOULD EVER RUN A BIG
RACE LIKE BOSTON AGAIN.
SHE HAD GUILT AND ANGER.
BUT EVENTUALLY IT TURNED TO MOTIVATION.
Weeks went by and you're hearing all the stories of
just how amazing the running community was, and all
the heroes of that day .
and I was like no, I told my husband we're going back,
I'm going to run it next year.
IN MANY WAYS IT'S HARD FOR HER TO BELIEVE THE BOMBING
WAS ALREADY A YEAR A AGO.
THE EMOTIONAL AND PHYSICAL SCARS STILL SEEM SO FRESH
FOR MANY OF LAST YEARS RUNNERS.
BUT AT THE SAME TIME.
FOR PETRIE MONDAY CAN'T COME SOON ENOUGH.
Really this whole year has been anticipation I was
waiting for September like, when do I get to register
for the boston marathon just praying i would get in.
PETRIE WILL BE ONE OF 36-THOUSAND RUNNERS IN THIS
9-THOUSAND MORE THAN LAST YEAR.
AND LIKE MANY OF THEM.
HER MOTIVATION IS A LITTLE DIFFERENT.
This year it's more about running in honor of all
of those who can't or who have lost their lives and
been affected way more than I was.
AND SHE WANTS TO PROVE...
that I'm not scared and I'm not fearful and I'm going
to run again and I want to be part of that Boston
PETRIE SAYS AS THE DAY NEARS.
THERE ARE NERVES.
BUT THEY'RE GOOD NERVES.
I think i'm just more nervous about how it's going
to affect me emotionally on race day because I'm sure
I'm going to cry.
BUT SHE IS ANXIOUSLY ANTICIPATING THE LOUD CROWDS.
THE JOY OF RUNNING.
AND THE BOSTON STRONG SPIRIT.
You always say you'll never forget Boston but I think
this one will be different in why you won't forget
PETRIE LEAVES THIS FRIDAY TO RUN IN HER THIRD BOSTON
WE WANT TO WISH HER GOOD LUCK.
AND SAFE TRAVELS.
REPORTING LIVE IN STUDIO TONGIHT.
CAITI CURREY KXLY 4 NEWS.