Danville, VA - Extra security is in place for this year's Boston Marathon. The attack killed three people and injured more than 260. This year, 3,500 police officers will line the route and spectators are being asked to carry their belongings in clear, plastic bags.
A Danville woman will be there, ready to run. She will join more than 36,000 runners from around the country to continue a racing tradition.
This year's race will have new runners and some people who were not able to cross the finish line last year, as well. And one Danville woman says last year's bombings will not stop her from running the 26-mile course.
Most people will never forget the scene at the Boston Marathon finish line last year.
"It was a shock. You don't expect that to happen," said Claudette Robertson, runner.
The shock took everyone by surprise, especially the running community.
"When something like that happens, the first thing you think is we take a minute to grieve and then it's one of those things that you bounce back even stronger," said Adam Jones, owner of The Brick Running and Tri Store.
That's exactly what 4-time marathon runner Claudette Robertson plans to do. She qualified for the Boston Marathon 18 months ago, before the tragedy.
"Anybody that's done some marathons, Boston is your bucket list run. And the same with me, everyone thinks about doing Boston or wants to do Boston," said Robertson.
So this year, she will travel North, lace up her running shoes, and have more on her mind than just crossing the finish line.
"I don't know how you could run it and not be thinking about it," said Robertson.
Robertson has been training since December. She says the news of the bombing never made her question if she would still go.
"It's similar to 9/11. We all got back on airplanes, we all eventually got back to our normal lives and I'm very confident that this year will be a great Boston Marathon and everyone will finish and enjoy it," said Robertson.
Robertson says she hopes to meet some people who ran last year and hear their stories. The race is set for April 21, 2014.