“I took my life back today.”
Those were the words of Rebekah Gregory as she ran across the Boston Marathon finish line on her new prosthetic leg Monday.
Gregory was standing just three feet from Dzhokhar Tsarnaev’s Boston Marathon bomb when it exploded two years ago. Last November, she finally made the courageous and terrifying decision to have her left leg amputated, after multiple operations could not save it.
Last year, Gregory crossed the finish line in a wheelchair. Monday, she ran the final 3 1/2 miles on her own. She had hoped to run the entire marathon, but doctors warned that doing so might actually injure her leg — still not entirely healed from the operation — further.
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Check out video of the emotional finish below. Boston News, Weather, Sports | FOX 25 | MyFoxBoston
Here are some other highlights from Marathon Monday:
MEB MAKES IT
— One year after becoming the first American to win the Boston marathon since 1983, Meb Keflezighi returned.
The former Olympic silver medalist had a memorable moment at the finish line, taking home eighth place in this year’s race. His top-10 finish is kind of incredible, though, considering what he went through late in the race.
In an interview with WBZ’s Steve Burton, Meb said he was forced to stop five times after Mile 23.
LOST AND FOUND
— Jeff Glaser never thought he’d see his wedding ring again.
At Mile 23, Glaser took off his gloves, which were soaked from the rain.
“The guy running right near me said, ‘I think you dropped a ring,’” Glaser told The Boston Globe. “I didn’t think I was going to see it again.”
Glaser stopped running when he realized the ring had slipped off, even asking members of the National Guard who were standing nearby. With three miles left, Glaser decided the ring was lost but his hopes of finishing the race were not.
Around 1:15, a runner entered the medical tent claiming he had found a ring and wanted to turn it in for safe keeping. Medical coordinator announcer John Andersen took possession of the ring, eventually reuniting it with Glaser.
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Monday was the sixth time Glaser has run the Boston Marathon.
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