Thousands of runners are ready for Monday's Boston Marathon. Among them, dozens of Texans there to show their resolve as they race.
Some of them ran last year, and weren't scared away from returning for the 2014 event.
"It’s very hard, but as a runner, you move on and persevere through the tough stuff," said North Texan Patrice Shelby. She safely completed the race last year before two bombs went off near the finish line, killing three people and injuring 260 more.
She didn’t know any of the victims, but said their spirit will be with her for the 26.2 miles this year.
"They will definitely be part of my experience," Shelby said.
Also part of the experience this time will be 4,000 police officers along the course, with 500 additional undercover police and surveillance cameras lining the entire route, monitored in real time.
If there is fear, it’s not showing. The field of runners is expected to exceed the number that participated last year, and a record crowd of spectators is forecast.
"We want to show that sort of senseless terrorism isn’t going to stop us," Shelby said. "We love what we do. We love this town. We love this race. It is such an honor to be here; nothing could hold us back."
And with that, Patrice Shelby is ready to run. Her long, difficult preparation for the marathon is made complete with this short, simple petition:
"I just pray that no one is choosing to do evil this year."