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Local Runner Arrives Home After Boston Marathon Explosion

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SALISBURY, Md. - Thousands of runners from all over the world made their way home from the Boston Marathon today, including Liz Tollett, the fiancee of a Salisbury City Council President Jake Day. 

 With tears and hugs, the Tollett family welcomed home their daughter, Liz.  Although the reunion is a happy one, it definitely wasn't what this Salisbury runner expected to come home to when she left on her trip for Boston this weekend.

"It was magical.  Boston just made you feel like a rock star," Tollett describes the atmosphere in Boston prior to the explosions, "it was just, the most amazing race."

This was Liz's first time running the Boston Marathon, and her second marathon after qualifying in Washington, DC.  

But just moments after Liz Tollett finished her race, the first explosion, "and then the second one, about a minute after, and I'm, then I got up, saw the smoke and saw runners frenetically running from the finish line and police not knowing what to say to the spectators and runners, and then I fled.  I went away from the scene, got in a cab, and got back to our hotel," Liz recounts the ordeal. 

With cell service cut-off in Boston for fear of detonating another explosion, Salisbury City Council President Jake Day says it took ten minutes to call his parents who were cheering on Tollett at the race, but nearly an hour to get in contact with his fiancee.  

"[My parents] said they thought she had made it back to the hotel safely, that they had spoken to her, but I wasn't going to buy that until I heard her voice."

Despite the fear and confusion of the moment, Liz says this won't keep her from hitting the pavement to do another marathon.

"When I finished that race and I saw what happened to those families...there's always going to be 26.2 miles to run.  What happened to those families is heartbreaking.  You can't take that away.  I would love to run another marathon in honor of those families that were hurt."

And when asked whether or not she would return to Heartbreak Hill and run the Boston Marathon again, for Liz, the answer is easy " I would definitely run it again."

 

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