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Charleston woman gets second chance to finish Boston Marathon

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CHARLESTON, SC (WCSC) -

Today marks the 118th Boston Marathon. The theme this year is," We run together."

36,000 running will take on the 26.2 miles in stride of solidarity. Thousands of those runners are returning to the course because they didn't get to cross the finish line last year due to the bombings.

Charlestonian Janet Carter was one of those runners, stopped just a few miles short. Today, she hopes to fulfill her lifelong dream and cross the Boston Marathon finish line.

"I just want to know what it's like to be down there on Boylston street, crossing the finish line with my family there," said Carter. "The way it was meant to be."

It's an honor that was taken from Janet Carter.

"But, I was determined to finish," said Carter. "Unfortunately, I couldn't because I was at mile 22 when they shut the race down. So I had to stop so I was very disappointed."

Carter strained her achilles tendon before the Boston Marathon last year.

"It was extremely frustrating," said Carter. "I was in tears at certain points."

Frustrated, she walked the last half of the course.

It's an injury she now calls a blessing.

"If I had been running my normal pace, I would have been there right when the bombs went off," said Carter.

She says that thought runs through her mind every time she runs.

"It's just sort of divine intervention," said Carter. "I've thought about it a lot. It's one of those things like what if?"

But, one thing she hasn't questioned, experiencing a true Boston Marathon finish this year.

"There's just a lot of sadness surrounding it and it's just really unfortunate," said Carter. "So, there's pride in the sense of being, bonding together against these people who caused so much pain."

Now, healthy and strong, she says she'll translate that pain into motivation to cross that finish line, one step at a time.

To track Carter or other runners participating in the Boston Marathon, click HERE.

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