April 15th marks one year since two pressure cooker bombs went off at the finish line of the Boston Marathon, only seconds apart.
Carl Neumann of Hazelhurst remembers the tragic images of the bombings in much of the same way as the entire Nation. But for Neumann, he was only a few blocks from the finish line when commotion erupted.
"And then somebody said a bomb went off somewhere, and then I heard somebody say, 'Well what does that have to do with us?' We didn't quite understand it.," says Neumann.
Now a country-wide community is coming together next week to run tall, an experience many local runners will share.
Janet Glodowski from Stevens Point made a Boston Marathon run in the past, but last year, she heard about the tragic news from home.
"I didn't have the TV on and my mom called me and told me that this was happening, and it was immediate emotion because I remember going across the finish line. And you are around thousands of people and yet you feel so alone," Glodowski says.
Merrill's Matt Radkte was also at home that day, and just like the nation in shock, he couldn't believe it.
"I was mad about it, ya know, like, people coming into our country and messing with us?" says Radtke.
But Radtke says, although it affects him, it does so in a positive way.
"You try to go out and run the next day and try to prove that you still can," he says.
Neumann says a people wonder why he's going back after what happened at the finish line last year, but he says those kinds of things don't make him afraid.
Glodowski agrees, adding that if we all sat and lived in terror and fear, we would do nothing. She says you have to basically go back to beat them, and all three are looking forward to turning a tragedy into a victory.
"To finish the Boston Marathon, to go across that line, whether you've done it once or 10 times, it's an incredible accomplishment, and it's just a thrill," Neumann says.
It's a thrill to these three runners to prove that the odds can be beaten.
Here are the bib numbers of these three runners:
Carl Neumann: 24330
Janet Glodowski: 16232
Matt Radtke: 1362
You can track their progress and all runners on race day by entering their name or bib number Here
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