SPOKANE -- Three local runners returned to the Inland Northwest late Tuesday night. They say the trip to Boston was supposed to be joyous, but instead it was somber.
The elite runners had already finished the race before the explosions happened. A couple of them were gathering their bags and getting ready to meet family when they heard the blasts.
“We were probably three blocks away when it happened,” said Mike Lauffer. “At first we didn’t really know what was going on, we just heard the loud sounds, but later on we realized what had happened.”
The runners say emergency vehicles started passing them one after the other.
“We knew it was something serious,” said Jason Gillmer. “You could see it on the faces of the people in the crowd, you could see it on the police who were directing traffic.”
The local runners started getting calls and texts from family and friends who wanted to make sure they were ok.
All three runners we talked to Tuesday night say they will still run Bloomsday. And while they hadn’t planned on running the Boston Marathon again for awhile, they say the bombings won’t deter them from it.