Dancer Who Lost Her Leg In Boston Bombing Set For This Year's Marathon

Kate Brown
Adrianne Haslet-Davis, a professional ballroom dancer that lost her leg in the Boston marathon bombing, says she is going to run the Boston marathon this year.

Adrianne Haslet-Davis, a 35-year-old professional ballroom dancer that lost her leg in the Boston marathon bombing, says she is determined to run all 26.2 miles in the Boston marathon this year.

During an interview on the Hallmark Channel, Haslet-Davis said that she is running to help raise funds for the Limbs For Life, an organization that provides prostheses to low-income amputees who can't afford an artificial limb.

"I'm really excited and slightly terrified," she told The Associated Press in a telephone interview.

Haslet-Davis lost her leg in the April 2013 Boston Marathon attack that left three dead and 260 injured or severely wounded. She was near the finish line when the second of the two bombs went off.

During last year's federal trial of the bomber Dzhokhar Tsarnaev, Haslet-Davis gave a heart-wrenching testimony, recalling the moments before the bomb near her went off when she held her husband tightly and repeated, “The next one is going to go off, the next one is going to go off.”

The next thing she knew, her leg was shredded and she was bleeding profusely.

Since then, she has been training hard, determined to keep a promise she made to herself after the attack—a vow, she jokes, "that I made while I was doped up on Vicodin."

"Back in 2013, I vowed to dance again and made a pledge to run the Boston Marathon. I've since danced, and on April 18, 2016, I will make good on that promise," she said. "I knew it would be powerful if I were able to do that — not only for myself but for other amputees who are saying, ‘I can't do this or that.’”

She says that she’s up to 10 miles in her training, and although she admits she could “dance for hours,” she says this won't come without more training.

"I'm not a runner," Haslet-Davis said, laughing.

Among her family and friends, she’s often found teasing the non-runners by saying, "If I'm running, you should be, too, because something's wrong."

The marathon will be held on April 18.

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