SPOKANE, Wash.--Several runners at the Boston Marathon on Monday were from Spokane.
A couple of those runners did not get to finish the 26.2 mile race in 2013 because of the bombings that went off near the finish line. The runners said the race on Monday was an incredible experience.
There were 36,000 runners that packed the streets of Boston.
“The security was definitely beefed up,” said Boston Marathon finisher Amy Doneen.
“It was just a little bit louder, a little bit more spirited, a little bit happier filled with joy,” said finisher Lori Buratto.
“Compared to last year, last year crowd support was really great, but this year's crowd support was amazing,” said finisher Thessaly Nicolaysen.
Doneen, Buratto and Nicolaysen all live in Spokane.
Buratto was the only one of the three who had the chance to cross the finish line in 2013. One hour after she crossed the finished line, two bombs exploded near it. She said security officers appeared everywhere.
“I saw them pull one guy off the course because he didn’t have a race number. I could hear him pleading his case, ‘oh yeah l left my number back at the hotel,'” said Burrato.
Nicolaysen said she was stopped several blocks short of the finish line in 2013. She was able to cross it on Monday.
“It was emotional... the most emotional,” said Nicolaysen.
Doneen said her husband waited at the finish line for her on Monday. He told her about a one minute moment of silence held there to remember those affected by last year’s tragedy.
“He said it was a little bit comical because the runner’s thinking, ‘hey we are here, cheer us on’, and it was silent for a very good reason,” said Doneen. “Then the minute it was over the crowd was crazy and just started cheering. The runners were like ‘oh…hey.’”
The runners said the crowd was supportive throughout the whole race.
An American man, Meb Keflezigh, finished first in the marathon on Monday. It was the first time an American had finished first since 1983. Rita Jeptoo of Kenya repeated as the women’s winner.