South Mississippi runner returning to the Boston Marathon

SOUTH MISSISSIPPI (WLOX) - April 15, 2013 is a day many will never forget. Two bombs detonated near the finish line of the Boston Marathon killing three people and injuring 264 others.

"It was scary and emotional we didn't know what was going on," South Mississippi Runner Joey Begg said.

Begg was only two blocks away from where the bombs detonated.

"I was going back to the family meeting area, which is right near the finish line, and we heard the first bomb go off and didn't really know what it was. And then we saw the second one and a bunch of smoke and all the sirens and everything," Begg recalled.

She could not believe when she heard what had happened. Luckily, her family and friends were fine.

"We found them right away so and then we just kind of got out of town as fast as we could," Begg said. "It was just an emotional experience."

It was a day Begg will never forget. But she refuses to let the tragedy stop her from running the Boston Marathon again.

"It actually made me want to do it," Begg said. "I think just remembering all the victims of the bombing last year and being able to go back and actually celebrate with friends and family."

She is not alone. This year will be the largest Boston Marathon ever. In addition to the normal 27,000 runners, 5,600 who never crossed the finish line last year will return, and another 3,400 will be running to represent hospitals and charities that responded to the tragedy.

"Just being there will be, you know, an emotional experience for everyone," Begg said.

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