Local runners stopped short of finish line during Boston Marathon




Posted on April 15, 2014 at 9:04 PM

Updated Thursday, Jun 26 at 2:25 PM

SPOKANE, Wash. -- Two Spokane runners who were stopped just short of the 2013 Boston Marathon’s finish line because of the bombings said they are even more determined to participate this year.

April 15, 2013 remains a vivid memory in the minds of Amy Doneen and Thessaly Nicolaysen. They both said they have no hesitancy to return to Boston.

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The two have never met but on that day, they both stood on common ground.

“We got stopped 4 blocks from the finish line,” said Doneen.

“We were just all confused. It was chaotic,” said Nicolaysen.

The bomb at the finish line that cut short the life of three and injured dozens of others exploded just moments ahead of both runners completing the Boston Marathon.

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An injury had slowed Doneen. She said her husband left the finish line to try to find her when the bomb exploded a half a block away from him.

“I do think had I continued on at the pace I was on, and he was there, we probably would have been right at that moment,” said Nicolaysen.

Nicolaysen’s thoughts turned quickly to her younger sister who went to support her.

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“I had thought she would be at the finish line and so I was kind of mainly worried about her and terrified that something had happened to her,” said Nicolaysen.

It took several hours for both runners to find their loved ones who were also okay. Nicolaysen and

Doneen will return to the city on the hill Monday to finish what they started and to honor the survivors and the victims.

“Part of my goal this year is to show Boston support and to say we believe in Boston and that we believe in our country and I think that we will all be fine,” said Doneen.

Both women received an invite to participate because they did not get the chance to finish. Officials waived their qualifying time requirement.