Marathon bombing victim to start Baltimore race
BALTIMORE, Md. (WHDH) -- Less than six months after surviving the Boston Marathon bombing Erika Brannock is taking part in a marathon in her home state of Maryland.
Brannock was chosen to sound the starting horn before the Baltimore Marathon.
The Towson pre-school teacher who had part of her left leg amputated took her first steps last weekend and Baltimore’s marathon marks the first race she has attended since that April day in Boston.
"To me this says that I will never hide from the things that scare me; but that I will stare fear in the eye and say: 'you will not keep me from living my life,” Brannock said.
Brannock said a complete stranger came to her aid after the explosion.
Today, that spectator Amanda North from San Francisco, received the first medal of the 2013 Baltimore Marathon for what she did for Erika.
"Something sort of possessed me to go over and hold her hand and I could see she was conscience. I just said, 'look at me, I'm not going to let you go, we're going to get help to you and you're going to be okay,'" North said.