B/CS Runners Prepare To Run Again In Boston One Year After Attack

COLLEGE STATION, Texas Tuesday marks one year since the the Boston Marathon bombings that killed three people and injured more than 260.

The 2014 race is just a week away and several Brazos Valley runners are racing again after they escaped injury at last year's terrorist attack.

News 3 looks at how they feel about heading back to Boston.

Two explosions at the finish line of the April 15, 2013 Boston Marathon are still hard to believe for those who were there.

"Boston Marathon 1996. This was the 100th running and I believe this was my first Boston and it was a wonderful race that day," said Dr. Haywood Robinson.

He is a family physician in College Station and has run more than 60 marathons including nearly a dozen in Boston and was half a mile away running when the blasts happened.

His wife was also waiting near the finish line too.

"We're very thankful that we weren't injured in any way and that we will be able to go back," he said.

Robert Shandley is a Department Head for International Studies at Texas A&M and finished last year's race about an hour and a half before the blasts happened and was back at his hotel. He registered to run this year but ran out of time training for running's most elite race.

"They'll be defiant, they'll be out there and running strong and proud and you know running for those people who were victims of last year's atrocity," said Shandley, Ph.D.

We also met up with Lan Ly of Bryan last year as she, her husband, and son returned from the race. They were also safe at their hotel during the attack. They are going back to run this weekend.

"I remember the roller coaster of emotions that I went through after the race... Also feeling guilty about how we were sort of spared that tragedy how easy it could have been us at the finish line," said Lan Ly.

"So I'd rather be Boston strong, be with them rather than be a coward in College Station and stay home," said Dr. Haywood Robinson.

Ethnic Chechens Dzhokhar and Tamerlan Tsarnaev are accused of planning the attacks and Tamerlan was killed in a firefight with police last year.

Dzhokhar Tsarnaev faces 30 federal charges and has pled not guilty.


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