Created: Tue, 15 Apr 2014 05:29:00 MST
Updated: Tue, 15 Apr 2014 08:13:20 MST
GRAND JUNCTION, Colo. - Tuesday marks the one year anniversary of the Boston Marathon bombings. The attack killed three people and injured more than 260.
This year those who weren't able to finish the race due to the attacks get to lace up and participate for free.
Grand Junction local Kim Short is among those running in the 2014 Boston Marathon. She came very close to qualifying last year but surgery caused her to put her dream of running in America's most prestigious race on hold.
On race day, Short, as well as many the rest of the nation, was shocked to hear about the bombings.
"I couldn't believe it," Short said. "People just wanted to go out and run a race and be a part of something healthy and someone took advantage of that. It was horrible."
Short qualified to run in the 2014 Boston Marathon at the Fargo Marathon in North Dakota. She says she’s not afraid of what's to come in Boston.
"I'm not," Short said. "My mom is! She gave me a guardian angel pin to look over me."
Short will wear that pin race day, Apr. 21.
In part two of this special report, NewsChannel 5 takes a look at how Short trained for the Boston Marathon and what she hopes to accomplish on race day. This story will air Monday, Apr. 21.