A Chesterfield woman, who ran in last year's Boston Marathon, is preparing to head back to return next week and reflecting on a day that changed her life.
Brenna Creech tried to help investigators find out who was responsible for the attack, giving local FBI agents video she shot on her cell phone. She took the footage as she crossed the finish line in Boston and hoped she may have captured something to help investigators as she looked for her mom and sister.
Even an entire year later, Creech's emotions get the best of her.
"When I see the pictures, I can't believe I made it out okay because my mom and my sister were right there and it could have been them," she recalled. "It's a lot of great memories and it was tainted, which is one of the reasons that I'm going back."
The Midlothian woman and her mom will head to Boston on Sunday.
"As a runner and as a mom and as a daughter and a wife I feel like it's important to be there and for everybody who's going back to show that this isn't bigger than us," Creech asserted. "Nobody's going to take this experience away."
Even with that Boston Strong spirit, the scars of that day remain and the literal baggage is real. Creech says the backpack that held all of her gear from the race has been sitting in a room in her home since the day she returned.
"I haven't looked through it," she said. "I haven't unpacked it and I don't know if I will ever unpack it."
Instead, this weekend she'll pack her new race materials for a marathon that has become so much more than an item to cross off her bucket list, despite the actions of the accused bombers.
"There's more to just talking about perseverance," Creech added. "You have to live. You have to give an example and show not just for your kids but for everybody."
Within 30 minutes of getting home from Boston last year, FBI agents were on her doorstep retrieving the video and the pictures she had taken. She says she never heard any more from them after that and doesn't know if it helped the investigation.
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