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Local woman to return to Boston Marathon after witnessing bombing

By: Max Hess - Email
By: Max Hess - Email

Posted Tuesday, April 15, 2014 -- 10:00 p.m.

It was a day the whole world remembers.

A year go, the Boston Marathon took a devastating turn -- and Andrea Amend from South Beloit was in the middle of it.

"You go from the highest emotion of the day, finishing the marathon... and all of the sudden that happens and you're like oh my gosh it could have been me," Amend said.

She says she was lucky that day.

"We actually finished 20 minutes ahead of the bomb... but we were in the finishers shoot area when the first bomb went off."

When the bomb exploded, Amend says it got hectic.

"We were already to shoulder to shoulder so there was a little fright that we were going to get stampeded," adding that she said "we got to get out of here now, we got to go now".

A event like last year won't keep her from going back to Boston, though.

"Terrorists can't take use down that easily, you know, we're fighters, we have to be in this all together, and as runners we are," Amend said.

Amend dedicates much of her life to running, and the walls filled with medals from marathons all over the country prove that.

"I'm trying to do one in all fifty states and I'm trying to do them all in under four hours," she said.

She leaves for this year's Boston Marathon on Saturday.

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