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Marathon Runner Returns from Boston

EUGENE, Ore. — A Eugene runner who was in the medical tent at the finish line of the Boston Marathon when the bombs went off is back home.

Larry Coxe spoke with KEZI 9 News by phone just hours after the bombings.

He flew back late Tuesday night. When asked how he felt to be back home, he said good and that it’s peaceful here and he feels safe here.

Coxe says he was in the medical tent, and when he heard the blasts he immediately thought this is an act of violence.

His friend was right in between the blasts and he says he feels very lucky that neither of them was injured.

He says he was in a back alley when he saw people running out of stores where the blast occurred, and he said he could tell they had seen something horrible.

“The most unsettling was trying to leave the scene, and the fear on people’s faces was palpable. People were uncertain. They were crying,” Coxe said.

He says this has changed the way he looks at the world.

Coxe says he ran a qualifying time in Boston for next year’s race and he says he can see himself going back again. He says there already talk amongst the Eugene running community of having a strong presence there.

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