Local Marathon Runners React to Boston Bombings

Local Marathon Runners React to Boston Bombings

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More than one-hundred runners from Alabama descended onto the streets of Boston to compete in the world's oldest annual marathon. That includes Victor Birch from Mobile who spent months training, and was looking forward to reuniting with his daughter, who now studies at Harvard.

"I trained very hard for the Boston Marathon because it's one of the premier marathons in the world," said Birch.

Victor Birch was proud of his finishing time, but the celebrations at the finish line would be short-lived.

Victor's wife, Anne, is still shaken. "I feel very lucky to be okay, and that our family is okay. Very sad though," said Anne Birch.

Other Gulf Coast locals describe the scene as pure chaos.

"We could smell a sulfuric smoke in the air, and they started evacuating subways," said Melanie Stevenson from Mobile.

Jim Kinder is a pastor at Christ United Methodist Church in Mobile, who had gone up to Boston with friends to run the race.

"I had just gotten back to my hotel room and had cleaned up from running the marathon, and when I heard it on the news I was dismayed, and wondered how my friends were, and began trying to call them to see if they were safe."

Kinder says he refuses to let the violence and hate impact his life.

"There's both good and evil in this world, and we can't allow the evil to trump the good."

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