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KOTA Territory runners reflect on living through the Boston Marathon


On Monday two bombs went off at the Boston Marathon, killing three and injuring hundreds.

Two runners in KOTA Territory said they finished the marathon just minutes before the bombing. Both say while the marathon itself was fun; it's the news coverage of the aftermath they can't escape.


Friends and fellow runners Kelli Wilson and Holly Kopplin trained for months.

"The feeling is electric at the Boston Marathon. That's why you want to experience it at least once in your running lifetime," said Kopplin, who ran the Boston Marathon for the second time.

After escaping the bombings unharmed, they returned to their daily lives.

"During the day I'm working and I don't watch anything but at night I go home and watch the news," said Wilson, who ran the Boston Marathon for the first time.

The nightly news shows grisly pictures of the bombing and it brings them back to the moment it happened.

"The bombs went off at 4:09 just a few minutes after we crossed the finish line," said Kopplin.

"We saw so many fire trucks and ambulances and cop cars; and that's when we knew something was terribly wrong," said Wilson

As the week continues, so does the news coming out of Boston. And reality sets in.

"What really made it sink in was when they showed the two suspects with the backpacks on. I probably ran right past them before they planted the bombs," said Kopplin.

As the manhunt for the suspect continues Kopplin wants answers.

"Why the anger? Why?," asked Kopplin.

As they wait for answers, they are reminded of the horror they narrowly escaped.

"My number wasn't up that day," said Kopplin.

"I think it's going to take a few months to really get back to normal because it's on the news all the time and it just keeps repeating every day," said Wilson.

Both Wilson and Kopplin said this horrific event won't stop them from running in future races.


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