JACKSONVILLE, Fla. -- Dozens of local runners who traveled north for this year's Boston marathon are back home this morning.
Marci Gurnow is a local runner from San Marco. She funneled through the finish line, grabbed a Gatorade and her medal. Just 10 minutes later she heard a loud boom. "Seeing that it's Patriot's Day here, my first thought was that perhaps it was a cannon going off to help celebrate Patriot's Day," says Gurnow.
Skye Johnson, another local runner, was in the medical tent when victims arrived for help. "One girl in particular was crying and looked like she was in shock. I said are you ok? She said I saw it all, I saw it all. I said you're bleeding and she said it's not my blood," said Johnson. Skye returned to Jacksonville International Airport this morning, along with runner Beth Dearment.
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Both local runners say they are heartbroken, but thankful to be back in the River City.
Race runners from our area include at least 44 people from Duval County, 12 people from St. Johns County and 4 people from Clay County.
"I'm feeling a little freaked out and extremely thankful that I'm safe and everyone that I know is safe as well," says Gurnow.