Local Runners Share Their Boston Bombing Experiences

By: David Coy Email
By: David Coy Email

GROTTOES -- Runners in the Valley will not let the Boston bombing stop them from hitting the pavement. Two runners who ran the Boston Marathon said they were lucky to be away from the blast.

Mary Nelson said she finished the race faster than expected.

"If I had made any decision to stay or ran five minutes slower, we would have been right there," said Nelson.

Nelson was two blocks away from the explosion.

"It sounded just like a boom and in downtown Boston you definitely don't expect a bomb to be going off," said Nelson.

Paul Shifflett also ran the Boston Marathon. He and his wife were at a restaurant a half a block away from the blasts. They were put on lockdown seconds later.

"It was a crazy time, we didn't know what at all was going on outside. We started to get more information.it was kind of...it was scary," said Shifflett.

He was held in lockdown for more than six hours.

"Just to think, 15 minutes earlier we were right down the street where it happen so. It was kind of chilling," said Shifflett.

Nelson was asked to talk to the runners about her experiences. She says she thought of Psalm 47 before her speech.

"It's a time to remember the people who were affected in a very painful and personal way and to pray for them," said Nelson.

Both runners agree, this isn't going to stop them from doing what they love.

"We're not going to let this stop us. We run, that's what we do and..look forward to being back in Boston next year. I'm really excited about it already," said Shifflett.

All the runners and supporters signed a memorial wall and it will be sent to the Boston Marathon organization. Most of the proceeds raised will go to charities.

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