MEDFORD, Ore. – Boston Marathon runner Justin Rosas wore jacket the jacket given out at last year’s race Tuesday and said he will never forget April 15th 2013.
“It’s actually been more difficult today than I would have guessed on the one year anniversary. I don’t think about it every day, I do think about it often, but not every day,” said Rosas.
Rosas completed the race about an hour before the first explosion, but was still close by.
“We were actually driving back towards the finish line and were probably about 100 yards away,” said Rosas.
He said the next few days were difficult, but the city came together. This year, he’ll be headed back to run the marathon and said he never hesitated at the thought. Rosas expects this year’s run to be healing for all involved.
“I can see some of the re-traumatizing of the experience but I think it will be healing on the whole. I think all the people going back think it will be healing on the whole,” said Rosas.
There are some security changes this year, and Rosas knows safety will be a priority.
“We’re not allowed to carry as much with us to the start line. At Boston, you’re actually at the start line for about 4 hours, which is a lot longer than any other race,” said Rosas.
Rosas said he’s excited to lace up the shoes and feel the “Boston strong” spirit once again.
Those two days and that time and my experience is what ‘Boston strong’ means to me,” said Rosas.