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Runners, Visitors Leave Boston Following ‘Surreal’ Marathon Experience

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BOSTON, Mass. (WGGB) — It was suppose to be their moment: the running of the 117th Boston Marathon.

Instead, runners and their families wake up to this, acrime scene stretching for blocks.

“Ya, I just wanna go home,” says Scott Horton, a runner from Tennessee.

Visitors could be seen leaving their hotels early Tuesday morning. Many getting one last look at the massive investigation going on just outside their rooms.

“Now it all seems real and it’s just disbelief. It’s supports to be a happy day traveling back home. It’s just sad,” Horton adds.

Carine McLaughlin, a runner from Canada, notes “It’s just still…I don’t know what word to use, surreal. Ya, it’s unbelievable.”

“It was almost surreal.”

Deborah Sharp and her husband were anxious to catch their flight to Maryland. She say’s she’ll never forget the frightening explosion and aftermath that followed.

“I was close to the finish and we heard two large explosions pretty close together and they were loud and they felt low to the ground,” Sharp says.

An athletic achievement these runners spent months if not years training for, overshadowed by what is being called an “act of terrorism.”

Many runners say the explosions didn’t stop them and they finished the race by taking detours and walking parallel to the finish line as they searched for their families.

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