PORTSMOUTH, Va. (WAVY) — On Monday, Hampton Roads was represented by more than 80 runners in the first Boston Marathon since the 2013 bombings.
Many said the day was perfect — not just the weather, but also the energy and support from the entire city of Boston.
“It was a beautiful day for it,” said Norfolk resident Cathy Hasle, who finished the race in a little over three and a half hours. “Started off a little bit chilly, in the 30s. Then you got out of the sun and it warmed up.”
Everyone who didn’t finish the 2013 Boston Marathon was invited back for the 2014 race.
Legally blind Michael Davis was one of those runners. Last year, he made it to mile 25.8 when the bombs went off. But Davis and his two sighted guides, Dennis Welch and David Mick, were determined to finish what they started.
This year the group crossed the finish line around hour six. Davis told WAVY News’ Liz Palka it was a hot race and he got dehydrated toward the end, but worth it.
Hasle said the city was incredibly supportive of the runners, an energy everyone could feel.
“They’re very unified in their strength and building the city’s spirit back after the bombings,” Hasle said. “It was pretty emotional. There was a lot of tears from people when they crossed the finish line and tears from people in the stands. It was a good, healing moment.”
Hasle said she qualified to run Boston again.
“I qualified to do it all again next year,” she said. “Which I plan on doing.”