1 year after bombing, Lee's Summit woman to run Boston Marathon - FOX5 Vegas - KVVU

One year after bombing, Lee's Summit woman to run Boston Marathon

Posted: Updated:
Debbie McCarty qualified last year, and fortunately for her, she couldn't compete in last year's run because the sign up deadline had already passed. Debbie McCarty qualified last year, and fortunately for her, she couldn't compete in last year's run because the sign up deadline had already passed.
LEE'S SUMMIT, MO (KCTV) -

Last week marked a year since two bombs exploded at the Boston Marathon, shooting nails and other shrapnel into the crowd near the finish line.

Race organizers, in the aftermath of the twin bombings that killed three spectators and injured more than 260 people, expanded the field of runners this year by 9,000 to nearly 36,000.

Among those runners is a metro woman who has vowed that last year's events are not going to stop her from participating.

Debbie McCarty qualified last year, and fortunately for her, she couldn't compete in last year's run because the sign up deadline had already passed.

She is running in the 2014 Boston Marathon on Monday. It is only her third marathon. She started training in Lee's Summit almost five years ago.

She says it is a new dream of hers that she has worked hard to fulfill.

"The word 'can't' is never in my vocabulary, and my thing is if I can do it, anyone can do it," she said. "I encourage everyone to follow their dreams, follow their heart."

And even considering last year's events, McCarty's not afraid.

"It's just very emotional, because I know what it takes to run a marathon and it saddens me to think that someone would target something such as that and to hurt people who have trained so hard and so long," she said.

More than 3,500 police officers will patrol this year's Boston Marathon, more than double the number deployed last year.

Onlookers are being encouraged to carry all personal items in clear plastic bags or they'll be subject to search.

Copyright 2014 KCTV (Meredith Corp.) All rights reserved.

  • Most Popular StoriesMore>>

  • Pregnant high school student not allowed to walk at graduation

    Pregnant high school student not allowed to walk at graduation

    Wednesday, May 24 2017 7:35 PM EDT2017-05-24 23:35:11 GMT
    Maddi Runkles, 18, was barred from walking in her June 2 graduation ceremony because she is pregnant. (Source: WJLA via CNN)Maddi Runkles, 18, was barred from walking in her June 2 graduation ceremony because she is pregnant. (Source: WJLA via CNN)

    A pregnant high school senior in Maryland, who attends a private Christian school, was barred from walking in her graduation ceremony because she had premarital sex.

    More >

    A pregnant high school senior in Maryland, who attends a private Christian school, was barred from walking in her graduation ceremony because she had premarital sex.

    More >
  • Man verbally assaulted for speaking in Spanish to his mother

    Man verbally assaulted for speaking in Spanish to his mother

    Wednesday, May 24 2017 10:20 AM EDT2017-05-24 14:20:22 GMT
    Source: FacebookSource: Facebook

    A video posted to Facebook showing a man in a wheelchair on a verbal tirade against another man who was speaking Spanish to his mother is making the rounds on social media.

    More >

    A video posted to Facebook showing a man in a wheelchair on a verbal tirade against another man who was speaking Spanish to his mother is making the rounds on social media.

    More >
  • Mom confirms death of 15-year-old killed in Manchester bombing

    Mom confirms death of 15-year-old killed in Manchester bombing

    Wednesday, May 24 2017 8:48 AM EDT2017-05-24 12:48:04 GMT
    Parents of 15-year-old Olivia Campbell confirmed their daughter's death Wednesday, May 24, 2017. (Source: CNN/ Charlotte Campbell)Parents of 15-year-old Olivia Campbell confirmed their daughter's death Wednesday, May 24, 2017. (Source: CNN/ Charlotte Campbell)

    Charlotte Campbell had been waiting by the phone for a day when she finally got the news she had been dreading -- her teenage daughter Olivia was among the 22 people killed in the bomb attack at an Ariana Grande concert in Britain

    More >

    Charlotte Campbell had been waiting by the phone for a day when she finally got the news she had been dreading -- her teenage daughter Olivia was among the 22 people killed in the bomb attack at an Ariana Grande concert in Britain

    More >
Powered by Frankly
Fox 5
Powered by WorldNow CNN
All content © 2017, KVVU Broadcasting Corporation, Las Vegas, NV and WorldNow. All Rights Reserved.
For more information on this site, please read our Privacy Policy, and Terms of Service, and Ad Choices.