KANSAS CITY, Mo. - Hundreds of athletes from Kansas City didn’t run away from last year’s stolen moment at the Boston Marathon.
About 250 joyous Boston Marathon runners from the metro area crossed the finish line under sunny skies on Boylston Street on Monday.
One of them, Chau Smith, never got a chance to finish the race last year. Organizers stopped her about 10 minutes to the finish line.
"Chau was very discouraged," her husband Michael Smith said.
She and others were more determined than ever to enter the race again this year. During this year's run, she showed a friend where the marathon stopped short for her last year.
"I showed her where I got stuck and I started to get really sick," Smith said.
Smith wanted to restore last year's stolen moment but emotions overwhelmed her and nearly caused her to faint.
"It's great to finish and I'm fine," she said.
On Monday, Dr. Scott Willson from Olathe, ran his 22nd Boston Marathon. He said none was like this year's.
"There was no way I wasn't going to be here for this marathon," he said.
The course was crowded as about 36,000 participated in this year's run. Dr. Willson thought the crowded course would slow down his time. Willson actually ran faster than he did last year because the record crowd of one million people who lined the roads and shouted their support pushed him to a faster time.
“I think it’s because of what happened,” he said.
The sea of runners stopped for a moment of silence to remember the victims of last year's marathon.
Willson said it was a moment of motivation.
“That moment of silence, it centered everybody. But we're here to show the world that this race will go on and be stronger than ever,” he said.