BOSTON, MA (WXOW)—A group of runners from River City Running Club, in the La Crosse area, were among those in Boston for the marathon; they're all okay.
Deb Markos, Associate Principal of Logan High School, was just 15 seconds from the finish line when the first bomb went off. She was one of the last people to finish the race.
"I could see it and stuff started flying," Deb said. "Then I kind of moved off to the right of the road and another bomb went off and I thought they were going to blow up the buildings like in New York and they were just going to all crumble and I was going to die. It was awful."
The scene was chaotic, and she didn't know what to do.
"It was like I have to get out of here," she said.
But there was a lot of help available right away.
"Trying to get people to do the right thing," Deb said. "Cross the street, make way for an ambulance, helping people who were down."
She still hadn't found her friends and was in shock.
"Eventually they just took me to the hospital for a while to make sure I was ok," Deb said.
Little did she know some of friends already knew she was alright.
"I'm sitting in this room," Jim Stenulson said. "Everyone else is making calls, and I'm watching the news and I see Deb cross the finish line with smoke behind her."
A couple hours later, Deb made her way from the chaos of the explosions back to her friends at the hotel.
"I gave her a very long hug and she was kind of frazzled and I just held her for a long time," Jim said.
Deb said the images from the finish line will always stick with her.
"I don't know I'll come back to Boston to run," she said. "I'm supposed to run in New York in November. It's scary because the large groups of people."
As the Boston community begins recovery, Deb and the River City runners are on their own road, home in La Crosse.
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