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Midstate Runners Remember Boston Bombing - John Dunn

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NOLENSVILLE, Tenn. -- It has been one year since the bombings at the Boston Marathon. Three people died and hundreds were injured. It is a day that many of us will never forget, and it has had an even larger impact on the Middle Tennessee runners who were there.

Scott Alexander and Amy Klotz both knew that running in their first Boston Marathon was a great achievement. "It is the Super Bowl of running. When I qualified in 2012 it was a dream come true," says Alexander.

The two friends help lead the Nolensville Running Club, and they traveled with other Middle Tennesseans to run the race. "It was almost like the whole city stopped for the marathon," says Amy Klotz.

It wasn't long after they crossed the finish line that exhilaration turned to panic and fear. "We were looking at eachother but we heard this explosion, and I looked down the street and I saw this big cloud of smoke," remembers Alexander.

"We just kind of looked at eachother, and we were like that can't be good," recalls Klotz.

Two bombs had exploded near the finish line. Three people were dead and more than 260 others injured. "My immediate thought went to 9-11. I truly thought buildings were going to start crashing down around us," says Klotz.

"It was surreal. It was unlike anything I have ever been through before," says Alexander.

The two runners remember calling friends and family. They reassured everyone they were ok. The city grew quiet. Marathoners and Bostonians began to mourn.

Scott Alexander and Amy Klotz decided they would return to Boston. Their training has continued and both requalified. They will be back next year. "Regardless of what a couple people tried to do, you can't stop the running community," says Alexander.
    
The Boston Marathon is one of America's great events, and in a sport where perseverance makes the difference, triumph can still come from tragedy.

This year's Boston Marathon will take place next Monday. It will draw 36,000 runners to the city of Boston.

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