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Marathoners Still in Shock Following Finish Line Bombings


BOSTON, Mass. (WGGB) — They came and went all day long at this support center in Boston.

The media was not allowed inside, but we spoke with runners who came to pick up their backpacks and personal belongings they never had a chance to get because of the chaos.

One runner couldn’t help but think of the victims.

“I pray for these people who were hurt, that little boy who went out to congratulate his father. It was horrible,” says Margaret Detloff, one of the thousands of runners that took part in Monday’s race.

More than 26,000 runners were in the race. Many are still in shock and finding it tough to come to grips with what happened.

Some runners vow to run this marathon again despite the bombings.

“I want to know what it’s like to finish, to cross that finish line in a healthy way or without a terrorist attack,” adds runner Valerie Kelly.

Boston resident Sandra Debow notes, “So as Bostonians, we’re tough, and we want to get back up, and get right out there and show you’re not going to keep us down.”

So a day after the bombings runners a are set to go their separate ways, but they move on bearing the scars of April 15, 2013.

As Kelly explained, she indicated that she would like to run the marathon. However, because of the current pain they feel, other runners ABC40 spoke with remain unsure if they would run Boston again.

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