Kate Dewey, 32
It was my first marathon and Boston is my home. I just couldn’t believe I was able to run it. My finish line ending up being mile 25.6 because of what happened, but I was able to run for Dana Farber, where I work, and I was able to raise funds and run with people with the same mental focus. I’ve been married and I have friends that have children, but it was the most emotional day of my life. I’ve spent the last few days trying to cope. But I still feel so proud to have been part of the day and part of the group. It’s a bipolar feeling of achievement and sadness.
—As told to Boston magazine. Photo by Scott M. Lacey