A local woman heads back to Boston to finish what she couldn't last year

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POSTED: Friday, April 18, 2014 - 4:48pm

UPDATED: Saturday, April 19, 2014 - 9:40am

A record breaking 36,000 runners will participate in this year’s Boston Marathon on Monday, Olga Rodriguez, an El Pasoan will be one of them. 

Rodriguez ran in last year's race but is headed back to Boston again with her family. 
She was at the 25.5 mile mark in the 2013 Boston Marathon when she said the runners all came to a stop.
“I started hearing people say ‘explosions at the finish line, bombs at the finish line,’”

She said she started running along the fence and yelling out for her two children that were also in the race.

After a grueling 40 minutes, she was reunited with her two children. Her son and daughter were running in the race as well, and were only 100 yards from the explosions and experienced hearing difficulties after the incident.

“They heard the first bomb go off. They thought it was just a cannon or something and then everything was just dead silence and then the second one went off and that's when they heard the screaming,” Rodriguez said.

A year later, Rodriguez and her family are headed back to run again. They will join 5,000 other runners who were unable to finish last year’s race.

While she has many feelings as she prepares for Monday’s event, she said she isn’t concerned about security.
Officials revealed new security measures for this year’s marathon which includes a PA system throughout the entire course to ensure communication between runners and organizers.
Runners will not be allowed to have bags, but will be allowed to put a change of clothe in a clear plastic bag for after the race.

"I truly believe because of our public safety officials that this will be the safest place on the planet on April 21,” said Davie McGillivray, race director.

Rodriguez said she is grateful for getting a second chance to finish the race. However, for her, as well as the other 5000 returning runners, this race is a step towards finding closure after last year’s tragic event.

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