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Published April 18, 2013, 10:10 PM

Red River Runners celebrate safe return from Boston

Several local runners who were in the Boston Marathon, are all back home and sharing their experience with us. Tonight the Red River Runners group celebrated the runners safe return at the Blue Moose.

Several local runners who were in the Boston Marathon, are all back home and sharing their experience with us. Tonight the Red River Runners group celebrated the runners safe return at the Blue Moose.

There was a real sense of excitement tonight as four local runners say they couldn't be happier to be home after living through a national tragedy.

Monday morning started out great for these local runners.

Anne-Marie Studer: "We'd been working on training for this for the past four months. So a lot of tense excitement, a lot of energy and anxiety too."

...But moments after crossing the finish line and being reunited with family, the day took an unimaginable twist.

Rachel Hellyer: "20 to 30 minutes of finishing is when the explosions went off."

Holly Dannewitz: "The mood turned fast."

The runners all describe the scene as one of muted panic and confusion.

Hellyer: "It was just really more the unknown that was really scary for people."

Studer: "We got a phone call from another runner who said are you guys ok. There was an explosion. And then we started putting the pieces together."

Dannewitz: "It's still just settling in. I'm not sure that I even have a full grasp yet."

They say they're determined to find some good in this unimaginable life changing situation.

Studer: "Just really makes you appreciate what you have and enjoy those little things in life."

Dannewitz: "I want to re-qualify for Boston and I want to have a better experience with it. So if anything I'm just more motivated to keep running and do the things I love to do."

The women all say this experience won't keep them from running marathons, in fact they say they're more motivated than ever to run.

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