LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WHAS11) – A Louisville resident is gearing up for his third Boston Marathon race, after narrowly missing last year's explosions.
Jordan Wesley Tinnell had just returned to his hotel room to celebrate crossing the finish line when the bombs shook the city April 15, 2013. It was his second Boston Marathon. A year later, he said he's returning stronger than ever.
"A lot of people are still recovering from that race, physically, emotionally," Tinnell said.
He escaped the physical trauma of the Boston bombings, but Tinnell says he's slowly recovered from the emotions felt that day, as he watched the turmoil around him.
"We couldn't really swallow it. It was kind of surreal. At the same time, this was only happening a mile, mile and a half from where we were at," Tinnell said. "Our phone began ringing from people asking if we were okay."
Tinnell's then fiancé had watched him cross the finish line in the exact spot one of the bombs detonated, killing three and injuring hundreds of others.
"I have not been back since. This is our first time back since last year," Tinnell said.
Looking ahead to his third race, Tinnell says this will be Boston's best.
"I know there's a lot more spotlight on the race this year. And it's time for Boston to take back their city, take back their race, show they're not afraid and I'm just happy to be a part of it," Tinnell said.
This year, The Boston Marathon is set to bring in a record number of visitors and revenue into the city, an estimated $175.8 million. The Boston Marathon will take place Monday, April 21.