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Local Runners Return Home From Boston Marathon

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LANSING, Mich. (WLNS) - Many of the local runners who participated in the Boston Marathon are back in Michigan tonight.

Terry Carella arrived at her Lansing home this afternoon with her participation medal around her neck. She tells 6 News she was one of the lucky runners who crossed the finish line in time to avoid any injuries.

The day of the event, she says she forgot to pick up her medal after completing her run, so she headed back towards the finish line to grab it. That's when she heard and saw the explosions. Only one block away from the scene, she described it as scary and chaotic and said it sounded like a cannon went off.

"It rang your ear drums and then you saw all this billowing smoke," said Carella. "I feel very very fortunate to be here today. It was a scary, scary experience. I'm glad I'm here with my husband."

Carella's husband was on another street when this happened. They were able to reunite at the hotel despite a lack of cell phone service.

This was Carella's eighth Boston Marathon. She says the tragedy will not stop her from running in another one in the future.

Dr. Eric Stockall, a urologist in Okemos, also crossed the finish line in time. He was also about one block away when he witnessed the explosions. He was waiting to get his bag.

"I thought it was a car backfiring or a cannon salute," said Dr. Stockall. "About 15 seconds later, I heard a much louder explosion and then smoke and fire from up the street and then at that point there was confusion about what was going on." 

This was Dr. Stockall's fifth Boston Marathon.

Mike Andersen, an avid marathoner, participated in his first Boston Marathon Monday and called it the 'Super Bowl of Marathons.' He says the race lived up to its name up until the bombs went off.

Andersen finished the race in a personal best, 2 hours and 25 minutes, sending him across the finish line nearly two hours before bombs went off. He says during that time, he and his fiance were celebrating a couple blocks away when people came running inside, telling them about the explosions.

"The idea of of whoever did this, and whoever does acts like this, is to instill fear," Andersen said. "Not to ignore that, but I think you should still live your life to the fullest. You can't stay cooped up and not do what you really have a passion for. I'm ready to sign up for Boston again."

Andersen said yesterday's incident is not going to hold him back from running more marathons in the future. He said he hopes the Boston Marathon comes back next year bigger and better than ever.

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