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Baltimore’s ‘Boston Strong’ prepared for marathon

With the Boston Marathon about three weeks away, it’s likely most runners are finished with their heavy training.

Some people who are running have a special reason for taking part in this year’s race.

This was a tough winter to train for the Boston Marathon, but for some women who are running it snow was just not going to get in the way. This week’s spring snow provided a stunning backdrop as Helen Hui-Chow got ready for Boston.

“This is the Boston Marathon — my dream marathon. I planned on running, and qualifying and running someday,” Hui-Chow said.

Hui-Chow is a busy Shock Trauma surgeon. She did not have the time to try to qualify for the race, which she has long attended as a spectator. Instead, she was chosen to run by a patient and now friend.

Boston bombing survivor Erika Brannock offered Hui-Chow a runner’s golden ticket — an invitational entry to the race.

“I said, ‘Yes, absolutely yes.’  I said, ‘As long as you won’t be ashamed if my time is slow, I would be honored to run in your honor,'” Hui-Chow said.

Brannock’s mother, Carol Downing, who wasn’t sure emotionally if she could ever run again, will also return to Boston.

“It’s real healing for me to run. It’s kind of like my meditation,” Downing said.

Last year, she was feet away from finishing the race when everything changed for her and her family.

Read more WBAL-TV HERE.

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