Despite breaking her leg at the Boston Marathon bombing in April, Lee Ann Yanni will be running in Chicago Marathon today Sunday (13 October). The 31-year-old has had to learn to walk again following the incident which left muscles and tissue in her left leg shredded.
The physical therapist was standing with her husband just 10 feet away from the first bomb on Boylston Street on 15 April when blood came gushing out her leg following the explosion. Shrapnel fractured her fibula and tore muscles in her left leg.
Yanni is determined to complete her first full marathon: "I don't care if I have to walk, crawl or piggyback, I'm not letting these fools take my first marathon away from me. There are days that I look at my leg and completely break down and then there are days that I go, 'OK, it doesn't look so bad.'
"I'm ready to have all that training, and sweat and blood and tears, for the last six months pay off."
She spent eight days in hospital and went through three surgeries but never considered giving up on Sunday's race. She's running in memory of her dad, who died of cancer last year.
This weekend sees another Boston victim involved in a race. Erika Brannock will be the official starter at Baltimore Marathon and will also be holding the tape as the first runner crosses the finish line.
The 29-year-old teacher said: "Serving as the starter of Baltimore Marathon means so much to me because running has been such a big part of my family's life and it is a way to be a part of something which has meant so much to so many that are close to me. It is one small thing that I can do to give back to a city that has given me so much support in a time when it has meant the most to me.''
For more information on today's Chicago Marathon, visit the event website.