BOSTON — Runners from the Piedmont proudly finished the Boston Marathon on Monday.
“I am so glad I came here and did this. It was amazing,” says Dena Harris, a runner from Greensboro.
Harris ran the Boston Marathon in 2010 and said she was done with it. Then last year’s bombings happened and Harris wanted to go back to Boston.
“You know they have ‘Boston Strong’ and ‘We Run as One’ as the big themes for this year. I just kept repeating that to myself as I was running. I was like. ‘I am running as one,’” says Harris.
The two bombs at the finish line killed three people and injured hundreds last year.
This year’s Boston Marathon drew a record breaking one million spectators.
“I kind of teared up around mile 19 and I was like, ‘Oh God no, hold it together you have more to go,’” says Harris.
Reid Bolinger ran the Boston Marathon last year. He made it to mile 25 before race organizers stopped him because of the bombings.
“I knew there wasn’t that much longer to go. I actually took a picture and sent it to my wife by the sign that said one mile left to go. She was waiting for me at the finish line in the bleachers,” says Bolinger.
Both Bolinger and Harris noticed the stepped-up security but say they were never nervous.
“Whether it was local or state police I’m sure there were some in plain clothes. There was definitely a very strong security presence here in Boston,” explains Bolinger.
Harris says after round two of Boston, now she is done.
“I don’t think the emotion of the event and the day could get any better than today was. I kind of want to leave it as it,” says Harris.
After a year of waiting, Bolinger finally got his finish line feeling. “This is the finisher’s jacket. You won`t miss me on the Greenway,” says Bolinger.
Clark Doggett, a 71-year-old runner from Summerfield also finished the Boston Marathon. He ran it last year but was also stopped short of the finish line. This was Doggett’s first time completing the Boston Marathon.