Three years after a professional ballroom dancer lost her left leg below the knee during the 2013 bombing at the Boston Marathon, she plans to run the race.
Adrianne Haslet-Davis was a spectator during the terrorist attack that left her and more than 260 others injured, and three people dead.
"I looked down and I could see that I had a large gash on my right leg, and the bottom of my foot and my ankle were missing on my left foot,” she told KTLA while training for the 2016 race at the Hollywood Bowl on Wednesday.
Haslet-Davis, a professional ballroom dancer and former Fortune 500 corporate manager, suffered from anger and depression following the incident, which forced her to relearn her craft, she said on her website.
"I feel like, you know, I could sit around on my couch and eat potato chips for the rest of my life or I can go out and do something, and I choose to live, and I choose to be a survivor,” she said.
And although Haslet-Davis said running was never her strong suit, she set her eyes on the 26.2-mile course — rebuilding her strength in 2014, following the trial of Boston bomber Dzhokhar Tsarnaev, and in 2016, making final preparations for the race.
“Me running this year's race is me saying a giant thank you to Boston,” Haslet-Davis said, also thanking everyone who reached out to her and other survivors following the bombing.
The 2016 Boston Marathon is scheduled to take place on April 18.