Residents travel to Boston marathon to compete, victims remembered


Residents travel to Boston marathon to compete, victims remembered

MISSOULA, Mont. - It's been one year since terror struck in Boston during the marathon, where runners were hurt and loved ones killed. As many as 20 Missoula runners went to Boston to run and remember the lives that were lost and support the community.

Organizers from the Missoula Marathon watched on TV.

"It was really fun to watch it with fellow members in the community and to cheer runners on, go through the finish line," said Run Wild Missoula Executive Director Eva Dunn-Froebig.  

Missoula's Sara Stahl took 3 hours and 37 minutes. She has competed six times, including last year when the bombs went off. She'll never forget waiting for her sister.

"Where's my sister? How to I reach her? What's going on? And there was no phone service because they shut that down," said Stahl.

She found her sister unharmed. For Stahl, she never imagined not running again.

"We can't let terrorists take away something. We can't let them change our lives and we can't let them win, and the Boston marathon is a really special event," said Stahl.  

Dean Lipp ran in Boston in 2011.

"The No. 1 decision was to be out here and support the town and the other people who were hurt. Just got to remember what happened last year and that no matter what you had to do, you had to get to the finish line," said Lipp.

In the end, it wasn't about being scared to go out to Boston but about the community.

"It has been a great experience. We have been joining a lot of people who have been very supportive.The volunteers are incredible and it's just a well-run event that we felt like we needed to make the decision to come out here and support the town," Lipp.

Back in Montana, friends and family agreed. For them, this marathon meant more.

"We're not going to let violence stop us in participating and running events, especially in marathons," said Dunn-Froebig.

Lipp told us he is going to connect with other Missoula runners who ran in the Boston marathon and talk about their experiences in Boston.

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