Apr 19, 2013 8:50 PM by Bill Folsom
Completing the Boston Marathon is a story to share when you get home. When you get a really good time it is an even bigger deal. Hope Bain from Colorado Springs did both, but after witnessing the bombings during the marathon she wants the Boston Marathon medal and jacket she got after the race to represent something other than her achievement. "I want it to be about the victims, the community [of Boston] and the running community," said Bain.
Bain was in the finish area when the bombs exploded. "Within minutes we saw lines of ambulances and SWAT teams and fire trucks." After arriving back home in Colorado Springs and seeing the shootout and manhunt she realized she had likely been close to the suspect for days. "The lockdowns were right where we were staying. We walked MIT campus Tuesday night at like 10:00 at night after going to dinner."
One of the things that stood out to her in the days following the tragedy was strength and compassion from Bostonians. She says when they recognized her as a runner they would ask if she was okay. "Strangers coming up to us, some of the police...checking in which was very impressive because I didn't feel like I needed to be embraced. I felt like they needed to be embraced."
The scenes of Boston in turmoil won't deter her from going back. She plans to be there next year either as a runner or in the crowd cheering.