BOSTON, Ma. (KMOX) – Eyes across the country were on Boston Monday for the first marathon since the bombings that killed three and injured hundreds of others one year ago.
One St. Louis runner decided to go back, despite crossing the finish line minutes before the bombs went off last year.
Heather Lang says she felt very safe this year.
She says there were more officers on the course and in the athlete’s village, and there were more security checkpoints.
“The Army actually had some helicopters up top scouting the route before we ran the race,” she says.
She says overall the mood among the athletes was calm.
“They were there to run the race,” she says. “No one questioned security, no one questioned being scared—they were there to run the race and they were proud.”
She says the community in Boston showed the runners a lot of support, surrounding the race path and holding signs and cheering.
“It was a great atmosphere,” Lang says. “There was a lot of energy prior to the event—everyone was very excited to run the race. It was a very positive experience.”
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