Area runners going back to Boston

OAKWOOD, Ohio (WDTN) – Area runners are preparing for a return to the Boston Marathon after last year’s bombing.

“I think when we make that bend at Boylston and see the finish line it’s going to be very emotional,” says Susan Purks.

Purks and Amy Johnston are part of an Oakwood group that ran last year’s Boston Marathon.

They finished about half an hour before the bombings and were only a block away when they happened.

“I was close enough to see it and it was very frightening,” Johnston says.

That hasn’t stopped the group from returning for this year’s race.

“We’re hoping to have fun but we’re also not forgetting what happened last year,” Johnston says.

Kyle Brumbaugh is also returning to run in the Boston Marathon.

Last year he finished about an hour and a half before the bombs went off.

“I ran right by that spot,” Brumbaugh says. “Just by timing I happened to be not there when it went off.”

Brumbaugh says a photo of him in front of where the bombings happened is still haunting in some ways but there was never any doubt about returning.

“In the marathoning community if you can have an opportunity to run Boston you do it and you run it as long as you can because those are memories you’re going to have until the end of your days,” Brumbaugh says.

The marathon is set for Monday. provides commenting to allow for constructive discussion on the stories we cover. In order to comment here, you acknowledge you have read and agreed to our Terms of Service. Commenters who violate these terms, including use of vulgar language or racial slurs, will be banned. Please be respectful of the opinions of others and keep the conversation on topic and civil. If you see an inappropriate comment, please flag it for our moderators to review.

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