Davis, a multiple state high school track champion at Woodland High School, had won the half-marathon the past two years at the Memorial. Davis decided to run the full marathon this year because she doesn't know when she will get another chance.
Martin said: “I want to be here to prove to guys like that, that life goes on. I've been an amputee for 32 years, and I'm just getting started. I want those people to know that you can go on to do anything.”
The Yerkes' were running the Boston Marathon and about to make the turn onto Boylston for the final stretch of the race when the blasts occurred. She was one of the thousands of runners who were still on course and couldn't finish the race. Sunday, they came to Oklahoma City to finish what they started in Boston.
What happened in Boston added another layer of meaning to a race already steeped with significance. As the first major marathon in the United States since the bombings, Oklahoma City's race became a day to remember not only the 168 victims of the Murrah Building bombing but also those killed and injured in Boston.