WASHINGTON (WUSA9) -- The 38th Marine Corps Marathon steps off this weekend.
Security will be tight. Some runners who ran the Boston Marathon, will be running this weekend with the horrible events still fresh in their minds from last April.
"I was only a couple of blocks away when I heard the first explosion," says 29-year-old Laurern Gabler who had finished the Boston Marathon when the explosions went off.
"I was on the phone when the first bomb went off and there was confusion. Was it a canon for Patriots Day, a car back firing? But when the second one went off we knew there was a problem. It was a state of terror because there were rumors that there were bombs planted all over the city. There was a feeling of uneasy didn't know what would happen next."
Despite the bad memories in Boston, Gabler, will be running in DC in her favorite event this weekend, the Marine Corps Marathon
Spectators are discouraged from bringing backpacks. Organizers say they will be subject to searches and that could delay entry into the checkpoints.
Spectators will be allowed at the finish line unlike some races that followed soon after the Boston Bombings.
Gabler said, "The marathon is so special to so many there's nothing bad about it. It tests the heart and soul of every runner so for someone to target something that seems so genuine, to celebrate really broke my heart."
"Everytime I run the Marine Corp it really puts things in perspective. That if my legs hurt or if I don't want to get up that day to run, that seems so miniscule compared to what these men and woman have done for our country."
After this weekend Lauren plans on running her 5th Boston Marathon next year.