Local trainer and 14-time marathon veteran Fred Joslyn crossed the finish line at last year's Boston Marathon just 10 minutes before a bomb exploded at the site and sent shockwaves through the entire country.
It was the culmination of months of training for the most renowned running event in the world. Many of the teammates Joslyn helped train set personal records that day. As the Syracuse Fleet Feet team headed to celebrate at a nearby hotel, they suddenly found themselves running once again through the streets of Boston, this time away from a terrorist attack.
On Monday, Joslyn will return to Boston to lead his Fleet Feet training team, many of whom ran with him last year, through the iconic 26.2-mile course. For runners and spectators, this year's Boston Marathon is more than just a race.
"It's so important for us to go back and say we're not going to stop running and enjoying our lives and doing what we love to do," said Joslyn. "36,000 people running and making the statement that we're just as strong, if not stronger."