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Runner Remembers Boston Tragedy - John Dunn

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This week marks the one-year anniversary of an American tragedy. Bombs exploded near the finish line of the Boston Marathon, killing three people. Middle Tennesseans who ran that race reflect and remember.

Amber Larason is a runner in training, and there is no race that rivals the Boston Marathon. Last year, Larason was running with her mother when, nearly a half-mile from the finish, everyone stopped. "It was chaos. Nobody knew what was going on. Nobody knew why we couldn't keep going," says Larason.

It wasn't long before she heard the news. Two explosions near the finish line had killed three people and injured 260 others. The marathon had become a target of terrorism. "It was such a sad terrible time, listening to the reports of everybody that was injured and killed, and it was heartbreaking. We both started crying, and just didn't know what to do," says Larason.

Larason remembers visiting the finish line the next day. She says it was surreal as Boston mourned, and she remembers how personally traumatizing it was in the days that followed.

Her cousin, who was at a restaurant near the finish line when the bombs exploded, will never forget. "You could probably see people just running and crying, and just utter shock on people's faces," says Samantha Haub.

Amber Larason is now preparing to return to Boston. She will run the marathon once again later this month. She's expecting tighter security and longer lines, but she would not miss it. "Very excited to go back and celebrate the great race that it is, and to show them that they're not stopping us," says Larason.

In the days that followed, the theme "Boston Strong" emerged after the tragedy. Amber Larason is proving that runners are strong too.

Amber Larason was unable to finish the race, but she later completed that last half mile. She joined a group of runners in Indianapolis to finish the race just before the start of the Indy 500. 

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