The 118th running of the Boston Marathon is set for Monday. A million spectators are expected to line the course to cheer on the second-largest field of runners ever.
Karen Owen of Lake Highlands leaves on Sunday; it will be her fourth time running.
She was in Boston last year. After completing the race, she was in her hotel room with her family when they learned of the finish line bombings.
Owen said she is glad to see the city is healing, and says the crowd support in Boston is like no other.
"I'm really excited for all the spectators to be back out, and then to actually have something to sort of heal," she said. "I don't know how many people are going to want to be at the finish and how that's all going to work, but I think a long course... all through the 26 miles... it's going to be pretty incredible." ...all through the 26 miles, it's gonna be pretty incredible"
Owen's family is staying back in Texas this year, but they're all very supportive of her fourth run on the iconic course.
Boston Marathon weekend kicked off Saturday as runners showed what "Boston Strong" is all about. Survivors of the bombings along with other runners came out for a 5K event.
They ran an extra mile in tribute to those lost and injured last year.