Larry "Pete" Ashby travels the world as a pilot. But his 26 mile run through the streets of Boston is one trip he'll never forget.
"This 118th Boston Marathon is a once in a lifetime kind of thing," he says.
He qualified through the St. Louis Marathon. This is his first Boston Marathon. The first time hearing the cheers, the encouragement.
"There's a lot of Boston Strong, a lot of 'You can do it,' 'Thank you for getting our city back,' Lots of different things, they were inspiring," Ashby recalls.
But one of the most powerful sounds was the sound of silence in memory of the three people killed and hundreds severely injured.
"It was pretty powerful," Ashby says. "There was so much noise, and then there was nothing. Then they read the names of the victims."
Ashby says he was also impressed with how Bostonians embraced the marathon.
"It felt like they had something taken from them last year, and they're just extremely grateful to have it back," he adds. "It's pretty neat."
As he finished in just more than three and a half hours, the memories of last year's tragedy did creep in a little. But it's the memories of this year's run he'll always remember.
"A lot different than anything I've ever done before," Ashby says.
Ashby says he's looking forward to competing in future editions of the Boston Marathon.