Bombing gives Spokane runners deeper connection with Boston



Posted on April 15, 2014 at 9:07 PM

Updated Thursday, Jun 26 at 2:25 PM

SPOKANE, Wash. -- Local runners who were at the Boston Marathon in 2013 said they think about that day often.

Lori Buratto and Vicki Monsey finished the marathon well before the bombs went off. They said just being there created a deeper connection to the city and the race that they still feel one year later.

“It wasn’t really until I turned on the news that I understood, that I grasped the real gravity of what had taken place,’ said Buratto.

Buratto finished the Boston Marathon an hour before two explosions shook the finish line.

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“I was actually leaving my hotel and getting into the taxicab going to the airport and the taxicab driver had it on the radio,” said Monsey.

Both women had run the marathon before. As one of the most respected events for runners, they could not believe this was happening.

“It was usually so celebratory and jovial and of course last year, it was quite the opposite,” said Buratto.

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Reaching the finish line was supposed to be a moment to enjoy, but they were quickly learning it was not turning out that way for so many others.

One year later, they still often think about that race.

Burratto and Monsey planned to return to Boston on Monday for the 2014 race. Monsey will not be able to go because of an injury.