This Year’s Boston Marathon is Bringing out the Strong in Participants

This year’s Boston Marathon has brought out some participants that are showing the world that they are stronger than their physical problems and stronger than the attack that happened at the finish line just two years ago. A couple who were running the race to support a group raising money in memory of 8-year-old Martin Richard who died in the tragedy were engaged at the finish line this year. Another man from Venezuela who suffered from muscular dystrophy showed his dedication and determination by finishing the race in 20 hours. BuzzFeed.com has another story about a Boston Marathon participant who pushed through her pain to become stronger.

Rebekah Gregory was a runner in the Boston Marathon in 2013. Unfortunately, she was close to the finish line when the bombs went off. She was among the injured, with severe damage done to her leg. Doctors did the best they could to save it, putting Rebekah through 17 surgeries that did not end up working. Six months ago she made the brave decision to have her leg amputated instead. Her amputation was a success and she was fitted with a prosthetic leg. Rebekah was also determined to get back into the race this year. At the doctor’s orders, she entered the race at mile 23 but soon was injured. She started again at mile 25 and made it over the finish line. At the end of the race she told reporters that it was the day she took her life back. Everyone, including Susan McGalla, was inspired. 

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