Some affected by bombing will be at race, but others won’t ← Related Article Visit The Boston Globe Share on Twitter Share on Facebook Comment on this Scroll to top of page Suzanne Kreiter/Globe staff/file 2013 Since last April, Heather Abbott has known she wanted to be back on Boylston Street on race day. If the bombing had never happened, she might have skipped a year. Now it feels like a place she has to be. Jonathan Wiggs/Globe Staff/file 2013 For some, like Abbott, returning to the Marathon is a matter of realizing a personal triumph. For others, the decision is complicated by worries of a new violent act, reluctance to resurrect traumatic memories, and eagerness to move past the Marathon. Bill Greene/Globe staff/file 2013 Marc Fucarile, a roofer from Stoneham who lost a leg and still struggles with pain in the other, said attending the Marathon this year will not give him a sense of completion — or “closure,” the word he hears too often in association with the upcoming anniversary. Aram Boghosian for The Boston Globe/file 2013 “I grew up north of Boston. Boston’s my city, so I’m not afraid,” said Jarrod Clowery of Stoneham, who suffered severe burns from in the second bomb. “I’m not going to live in fear.” Joanne Rathe/Globe Staff Steve Fiola will carry his rucksack with a group of military people who are moving their 26.2-mile trek to Concord this year because of the new rules at the Boston Marathon. John Tlumacki/Globe Staff/file 2013 “We’re trying not to be too committed to it because we have no idea what our emotions are going to be,” Karen Brassard said. John Tlumacki/Globe staff/file 2013 Celeste Corcoran (right) and her daughter Sydney, both of whom were severely injured in the attacks, plan to be at the finish line. John Tlumacki/Globe Staff/file 2013 Nicole Gross (pictured) and her sister Erika Brannock plan to return to the Marathon and urged their mother to commit to the race. Bill Greene/Globe staff/file 2013 “I wasn’t sure but they said, ‘Yes, Mom, you have to go back,’ ” said Carol Downing, Brannock and Gross's mother. Pictured: Brannock (from left), Dr. Edward K. Rodriguez, and Downing. JohnTlumacki/Globe staff/file 2013 John Odom, 66, of Redondo Beach, Calif., and his wife, Karen, are returning to the Marathon this year. Their daughter Nicole won’t be running, as she did last year. “Emotionally it’s too much for her,” Odom said. Elise Amendola/Associated Press/file 2013 “I’m not scared,” said Jeff Bauman (right), who lost both his legs and will attend the Marathon with Carlos Arredondo, the man who saved his life. “Wherever he goes, I’ll go.” John Tlumacki/Globe Staff/file 2013 “I’ll be far from there, behind closed doors,” said Liz Norden, the mother of two sons, J.P. and Paul, who each lost a leg. “I find it hard to be in a place where my kids’ lives changed forever.” David L. Ryan/Globe Staff J.P. (foreground) is leaning against going, while Paul (far left) wants to be there to support his ICU nurse from Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center, who is running. Neither have firmed up their plans, their mother said.