She encouraged runners before the race began.
It’s been a long six months for Erika Brannock. Earlier in April, the pre-school teacher lost her leg as a result of the terrorist bombing at the Boston Marathon.
However, Brannock returned to a 26.2-mile race on Sunday. She was the official starer of the Baltimore Marathon.
“You can do this, and you will do this,” Brannock told the runners before the race began. She joined Baltimore Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake on a platform at the start line.
Brannock had been at the Boston Marathon to cheer on her mother, who was running the race. After the blast, she spent 50 days in the hospital.
“I got emotional even before I got up there,” Brannock said. “I was choking on my words. It came from my heart.”
Brannock plans to return to the Boston Marathon next year.
“Honestly, the safest place I can be is there. They’ve learned so much from that day,” Brannock said. “I don’t ever want to be afraid to go back there.”
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