Updated: 4/24/2014 10:21 pm
VICTORIA -For Terry Hlavinka crossing the Boston Marathon finish line last year left him with a feeling of accomplishment but then tragedy struck.
"It took a while to figure out what actually transpired. And it really took me some time to get hold of that tragedy that occurred,” said Hlavinka.
What sounded like a victory celebration turned out to be an act of terror. However, it was shortly after Hlavinka had crossed the finish line and the bomb roars let out, that he decided he would give it another go.
"I really never expected to go back to Boston to run. But after the tragedy, I felt compelled to return because I knew it would be a bigger and better event. It certainly didn't disappoint me,” said Hlavinka.
The 2013 explosions resulted in three deaths and countless injuries. But, with every tragedy comes a rebirth. For Hlavinka, he along with 36,000 other runners was able to experience that new beginning in front of a record crowd during the 2014 Boston Marathon.
“It was an unreal experience; there was an estimated crowd of over a million spectators for that event. It is a 26.2 mile race and the people were lined up. It was a remarkable event,” said Hlavinka.