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Local Boston Marathon runner felt say day after explosions

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AUBURN, Ala. -

A local Boston Marathon runner and his wife returned home to Auburn Thursday evening around the same time the two suspects in the marathon explosions allegedly killed an MIT officer.

Forty-nine-years-old Tim Adams said everything still feels surreal, but he vividly remembers Monday.

It was his first time running the Boston Marathon. He had trained for about seven years for it. He had just crossed the finish line and was a block away trying to retrieve his medal and meet up with his wife when he heard an ear-splitting noise.

"Well at first I thought it was some celebratory cannon that they shot off or something," Adams said. The father of three didn't' want to believe that it was a bomb, but the second blast confirmed his suspicions. "You could see the panic on people's faces and people just started kind of scurrying and rushing and trying to get out of there. And the officials, the race officials and police started pushing us out."

Soon Adams was able to meet up with his wife and together they walked back to the safety of their hotel and stayed put. But, in the days following the explosions Adams said they felt safe enough to venture out into the city and do some sight-seeing.

Adams said there was a huge police presence. They even visited the area where the two suspects allegedly shot and killed an officer late Thursday.

"I don't think you can figure out why terrorists do the things they do. They want to terrorize us and make us scared and that's another reason I wanted to stay in Boston because I didn't want that," Adams said. He believes he and his wife were blessed to leave the city before the chaos ensued.

Now that he's home though, Adam's eyes have been glued to the TV, waiting for it to come to an end and bring some closure to those affected. "It's a little bit more frustrating watching the news that they hadn't been able to apprehend these people yet."

Adams was one of many people who were able to complete Monday's marathon. He finished in just over four hours. He said his medal symbolizes more than just his completion of the 26.2 mile run. "It also symbolizes that even though these terrorists planted bombs at the Boston Marathon that they're not going to defeat us."

Sydney Cameron

Sydney joined the WRBL news team in December 2011 after working as a freelance reporter in Washington, D.C. More>>

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