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Local Md. Runner Returns to Boston Marathon

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BERLIN, Md. - It was a nightmare.  Two deadly explosions shook the Boston Marathon last year. Spectators were thrown from their seats.  It was a bloody scene, and in the crowd was local runner Chris Davala.

"I was a mile and a half, 1.4 miles out," said Davala. "Next thing you realized something just ain't right. So I had three students that came out and grab me by the shirt and say just stop. The race is over."

He was running behind schedule. Chris said his family and friends were standing not too far from the finish line when the bombs went off.

"What if they were standing there for me?" said Davala. "I was late. I put them in that position."

Chris said for four hours he had no idea if they were safe. Anxiety kicked in.

"You're looking for your teammate. Who was ahead of you? Whose behind you?" 

Six thousand runners, including Davala, did not reach the end when the blast went off, according to organizers. 

"Here we are people who are running for a cause: Cancer Awareness, Stroke Awareness, Saint Jude Foundation. These are people trying to help others. And here we are being targeted for some reason, you just don't know; and you don't understand."

He's pushing forward, to finally cross the finish line.
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