BUFFALO, N.Y. - "It's one of the few races that you have to qualify for to get in," Beth Gullo said.
When Beth looks back at pictures of the Boston Marathon, the images are a reminder of her accomplishments.
"When you cross that finish line there's nothing else like it," Gullo said.
But the race quickly turned to tragedy last year when two bombs struck near the finish line killing three people and injuring hundreds.
"You heard the explosion you could kind of feel the ground move and at first it sounded like canons had gone off," Gullo explained. She was only three blocks away when the bombs exploded.
"Everyone just kind of stopped and looked and then you instantly heard sirens and so we started to walk towards the subway station to get back to our hotel."
But Beth, a wife and mother of two, is only looking forward and not back. She has been training running up to 40 miles a week for the Boston Marathon approaching next month.
"I think the closer we get to it, the more I think about it," Gullo said. "But it's kind of reassuring that they are taking all the precautions that they are to make sure nothing like that happens."
Brian Stewart has been training with a group at Fleet Feet and this will be the first Boston Marathon he'll be in. Stewart got hooked on running in college.
"When I got to college I just decided to run on the treadmill to not to put on the freshman 15 or anything like that," Brian Stewart said.
Steward feels what's happened last year at the Boston Marathon will only give this race more meaning.
"Because of all the major events that have happened, it just shows that we can just stick together," Stewart said.