Local runner heads back to Boston Marathon with new purpose

EAGLE, Idaho (KBOI) -- One Treasure Valley runner is headed back to Boston after being there last year during the marathon bombings.

2013 was the first year Heidi Peters qualified for the Boston Marathon. She and five others in her running group from Eagle went together and finished the race. About 45 minutes after crossing the line, Peters moved about two blocks away, and that's when the blasts went off.

"I could feel it, like fireworks," Peters told KBOI. "That's when things got a little busy and hysterical. We started hearing sirens."

One year later, she's about to head to Boston again.

"It's been kind of an emotional time, thinking about going back," Peters said.

She was the only one from her running group to qualify again, so this year, she'll be headed back alone. But, she says she'll still be a part of a team of thousands pounding the pavement with one goal.

"It'll mean a lot to go back and finish what we all started," Peters said.

She says there will be several thousand extra runners in the marathon this year, to make room for those who didn't make it all the way last year to come back for another shot at the finish. She says that's one part of the race she's most looking forward to.

"It's going to be emotional watching those runners finish," Peters told KBOI. "I'm going to make sure that I'm there at the finish line cheering everybody on."

Peters leaves for Boston on Friday. She'll run in the 188th Boston Marathon on Monday.