A Madison woman will make her 15th trip to the Boston Marathon this year, but she said this time it will be different.
Mary Tierney first qualified for the famous race in 2000 when she was 47 years old. She has qualified and completed the marathon every year since. The only exception was in 2012 when runners received a bye for heat conditions.
Last year Tierney was ready to make it her final run, but she never made it through the finish line.
In 2013 Tierney made plans to run with her younger sister. The pair took a picture a day before the race and planned to take another one after the race, but they never got the chance.
"We didn?t get it because she finished just before, maybe 20 minutes before the bomb went off, and I was running in," Tierney said.
When the two bombs went off at the finish line, Tierney and other runners came to a stop less than a mile away.