TRAVERSE CITY — It will have taken him a year, but Gary Lake is expecting to finally finish the Boston Marathon this time.
Lake came about a mile away from completing last year's race when the event was shut down after two bombs exploded near the finish line, killing three and injuring hundreds more.
Lake is one of approximately two dozen runners from the Grand Traverse region who will compete in the marathon on April 21.
For Lake, it will be his fourth and last Boston Marathon. He was determined to get back for this one, eager to finish the race that was cut short last year and make a statement of resilience with his presence.
"It's going to be an emotional moment, being able to finish this year and the emotions that happened all over last year," the Honor resident said. "Once I discovered the terrorists had done this and how many people they maimed (I wanted to get back). For me, it was gut-wrenching and it also made me angry. If you want to attack our ships and our planes and our army bases and so on, that's within the code of war. But when you attack our women and children in this cowardly act it just made me very, very angry. By not letting this slow us down or impact us in any way, that was the thing that drives me. I just can't wait to be a part of that. This is going to be a celebration as well as a remembrance for what happened. This is the American spirit, from my point of view, being a non-military person."
Lake was given the option of re-registering for this year's event because he wasn't able to finish in 2013. He took that option and decided then it would be the last time he would run Boston.