'The entire city was running with us'; Tucsonans' takes on being 'Boston Strong' one year later

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'The entire city was running with us'; Tucsonans' takes on being 'Boston Strong' one year later

By Maggie Vespa. CREATED Apr 21, 2014

TUCSON (KGUN9-TV) -  More than 35,000 people were 'Boston Strong' Monday night.

In the mix were dozens of Tucsonans.
Some of them were running the Boston marathon for the first time.
Others were returning after last year's race, when two men, armed with two bombs, wreaked havoc near that iconic finish line.
When 9OYS spoke to these three women last week, they told us they didnt' know what to expect.
Monday night, they said one thing is clear: that city has never been 'Boston Stronger'.
"It's something that I could never explain to anybody; how amazing it was," said Amy Dowe.
"The spectators, they were just more determined than ever to prove how 'Boston Strong' they were or 'Boston proud'," said Laura Swenson.
"You could definitely tell the entire city was out there running the marathon with us today," said Ginger Cross.
One year ago it was a city under seige.
Monday, Amy Dowe, Laura Swenson and Ginger Cross say Boston was a beacon of hope, though it wasn't without scars.
"A lot of emotions came back, but I told myself it was okay," said Cross who ran last year's race, but never crossed the finish line.  "This was the year everything was fine.  The security was at its height."
That security including ramped up police, roaving helicopters and rooftop snypers.
It was welcome relief for those running with a purpose though like Dowe.
Her best friend Roseann Sdoia lost a leg in last year's bombings and has been recovering since.
Monday she greeted Dowe at the finish line.
"That final mile is really tough but to hear the people and to see them and to know that as soon as I took that corner, I'd get to see her," she said.  "That was awesome."
And it was the struggles of so many like Sdioa, that kept them running, that made them finish.
They finished for those who can't.
"For the survivors, they don't have a finish line," said Cross.  "They're going to live with this every day for the rest of their lives, so even though today was a day of celebration, we think about them and that their journey is not over."
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