EUGENE, Ore. — Eugene runners are returning home from Boston.
A husband and wife who ran together in Boston flew back to Eugene Tuesday afternoon. When they arrived, they wore their yellow and blue shirts to honor the victims.
Liz and Greg James say its bittersweet to be back. They say their hearts are still in Boston, but they were anxious to get back to their children.
Greeting them at the airport was their little son Peter. They wrapped him in hugs. The couple finished the marathon in 3 hours and 35 minutes.
About 25 minutes later the bombs went off. They saw spectators running, and they were able to get to their hotel where they felt they were safe. They say they had just come off a major high for their accomplishment and now they don’t know how to feel.
“You’re always thinking about the people who were hurt. These are the same spectators who had cheered us through 26 miles of a race, and we had just passed those people, those same people about 25 minutes before, and I can’t even fathom. It’s unimaginable,” said Liz James.
The James’ also have a little girl the same age as the boy killed in the bombing he was. They said that made this even harder to think about.