Dozens of runners from Hawaii are returning to Massachusetts for next week's Boston Marathon.
One local woman is taking the life-inspiring trek one step further, and she is showing herself and others what giving back really means.
"It was surreal certainly, to be asked to be turned around by armed swat teams," said Jeaney Garcia who plans to run in the Boston Marathon again.
Just a half-mile from the Boston Marathon finish line, Garcia received a bizarre order; go the other way.
"We were just roaming the streets trying to get back because they told us to turn around and we physically went backwards on the course," said she said.
It took Garcia hours, but we now know what was in front of her. The city was thrown into chaos by two bombs. The initial shock quickly gave way to determination.
"Right away there was just this feeling of 'come back to us,'" said Garcia.
Now she's running it again.
"It will be quite an emotional experience to go back," she said. "Feeling good, feeling strong, feeling able!"
In 2013, Hawaii's "Team in Training" rose to more than 50 and each matched memories of tragedy with excitement over the energy in Boston.
"The whole way you're being cheered on. There's no other feeling like it," said Garcia.
She says many are returning. The group is supporting the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society and they are anxious to run for those who can't.
"I'm raising money -- trying to raise awareness and it's important," she said.
Garcia has several loved ones battling cancer, including her cousin, her niece who's only 21 years old and her mom.
"Whatever you want to run for, run for something. Run for more than just you," said Garcia.
They are a few of many life-changing events for Garcia.
Last month she left Punahou as the school's Athletic Director. This month she's preparing for her new job with the Stanford-created Positive Coaching Alliance, a non-profit supporting student athletes nationwide.
"It's not just about making better athletes. It's about making better people," she said.
Today, it's about finding balance in her career and the marathon that fell to tragedy rises to inspire her again.
"Emotionally everyone is ready for it. Everyone wants to step on that line and finish, and there are people who don't care about their time. That's what this is all about," said Garcia.
Garcia says the PCA focuses on what's called the "magic ratio" or the number of positives to criticisms. She says at least five positives to one criticism is a good balance. That can be applied to all aspects of your life.