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Upstate Runner Remembers Boston Marathon Bombing

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David Wingard ran the Boston Marathon in 2011 and 2013. He didn’t qualify for this year’s event.

Hard work paid off for David Wingard last year. He finished the Boston Marathon in less than four hours beating his previous time in 2011.

But his celebration was short-lived.

“It’s just by the grace of God that I am even here,” says Wingard.

Only minutes after crossing the finish line, Wingard heard an explosion.

“I thought perhaps it was cannon because it was Patriots Day. We all looked around at the finish line and didn't see anything, so we just kept walking. A few seconds later the next bomb goes off, and by this time we see a lot of smoke coming up.

A gray cloud formed near the finish line. Wingard says he was only about 100 yards away.

Police and first responder swarm the area pulling debris away from the scene where two bombs injured more than 260 people and killed three.

“It was surreal. It is like nothing that I could imagine, especially in our country."

Wingard says he made his way over to a nearby hotel that was serving as the command post for emergency crews. Once inside, he wasn’t allowed leave until the next day.

As the nation remembers Tuesday what happened one year before, Wingard says it is something he often thinks about.

“You can definitely tell there is a lot of security now, more so than any other time prior to the Boston bombing,” Wingard said.

Wingard wanted to return to Boston this year, but didn’t meet the qualify time. He hopes to tackle the 26.2 mile race in 2015.

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Emily Pace
Emily is a general assignment reporter covering Buncombe, Polk, Rutherford and Henderson Counties.
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