Boston Marathon runners face miserable conditions
Monday's Boston Marathon was one of the wettest in decades, but it certainly didn't dampen the spirits of spectators and runners.
"'I was hoping for better weather," said Diane Drayton.
This was the first Boston Marathon for Drayton, who was traveling with a group of friends from New Zealand.
She was one of thousands of runners who showed up at the starting line in Hopkinton for the 122nd Boston Marathon.
But for Johanna Hantel, from the Philadelphia area, this is the event that changed her life forever.
"I was 10 feet from the first bomb. I was just running," Hantel said. "I saw an orange glow, and I don't remember anything after that."
It was Hantel's 13th Boston Marathon on April 15, 2013, and because of her determination and grit she's continued to run every one since, despite the horrific attack and a leg injury.
"Nobody can take this away," Hantel said.
Her running partner and friend of 20 years, Ellen Evans, was her guide.
"I'm honored to be able to do it with her," Evans said.
Hantel has run almost 100 marathons across the country, but to her nothing will ever compare to crossing the finish line on Boylston Street.
"I promised the bomber that I would run if I had to crawl every year because he's not going to do this to us, and there will be four angels waiting at the finish line to pull me through," Hantel said.
And not even Mother Nature could rain down on this parade.
"I can't wait to see that finish line," Hantel said, "and my hotel room."
NBC 10's Danielle Kennedy finished in 3 hours, 25 minutes and 53 seconds.