Adrianne Haslet-Davis, a dancer who lost part of her left leg in the Boston Marathon bombings and became a symbol of resiliency, completed the race to cheers on Monday evening.
Haslet-Davis, who ran with a prosthetic left leg after receiving words of encouragement from Patriots quarterback Tom Brady, approached the finish line with her team around 7:15 p.m., as spectators and a line of Boston police officers applauded.
Clutching the hands of supporters who ran with her, and who wore shirts that said #AdrianneStrong, Haslet-Davis grew emotional as she paused in front of the finish line for a moment, surrounded by family, friends, race officials, and a crush of television cameras.
She then crossed the line and, still holding supporters’ hands, raised her arms in victory as the applause reached a crescendo.
“I feel amazing,” a smiling Haslet-Davis told reporters afterward. “It means a lot. I’m really emotional because I think of all the different definitions that this finish line has held.”
Haslet-Davis, 35, of Boston, said she encountered difficulty around the seventh mile, when her leg began to swell up. She was attended to for nearly an hour in a medical tent around mile 14.
“I kept trying to get [the prosthetic] in and try and walk, but it wasn’t working,” she said. “I kept thinking, ‘I may have to pull [out of the race]. I may have to pull. I can’t pull, I have to finish.’ ”
She said her “pit crew” inside the tent eventually “made it work,” and she continued.
Her improbable finish came nearly three years after she told the Globe, weeks after surviving the blasts, that she planned to run the marathon someday.
Haslet-Davis who has taught 20 different types of dance at Arthur Murray Dance Studio in Boston, relied on a combination of wheelchair, walker, and crutches in the weeks following the attacks but has grown acclimated to her prosthetic.
“My blade’s never touched [the finish line] before,” she said on Monday. “So it’s pretty happy.”
Haslet-Davis and her husband, Air Force Captain Adam Davis, had garnered support after the bombings from the dance community, which launched fund-raisers for the couple and invited her to perform on “Dancing With The Stars” on ABC.
Earlier Monday, Brady, the Patriots star quarterback, took to Facebook to praise Haslet-Davis, calling her an inspiration.
“Two years ago I was lucky enough to meet Adrianne Haslet, a survivor of the 2013 Marathon bombings,” Brady wrote. “She’s on the course now, running the race for the first time — with a prosthetic leg. Adrianne thank you for being my inspiration!! #BostonStrong.”
Haslet-Davis thanked race organizers, fellow runners, and her team for their support in helping her complete the race.
“I don’t know if it sends any other message other than, if you put your mind to something, and you just try it and you push through, you can get there,” she said.