'It just makes no sense to do that to runners or spectators'

'It just makes no sense to do that to runners or spectators'

EUGENE, Ore. - Nancy Gissel crossed the finish line of her third Boston Marathon and headed toward the family meeting area when she heard two big booms.

"Almost instantly, there were sirens and they were pushing us off the street onto the sidewalk and putting barricades up," Gissel recalled.

The Eugene runner said that at first, nobody knew what was going on.

"People got more and more frantic as the word came back that there were a lot of people hurt and it was ugly," she said.

Over 350 Oregonians ran the Boston Marathon, including 24 people from Eugene.

Tom Titus, a researcher at the University of Oregon, was farther away when the bombs went off. He had finished an hour earlier and was in Boston Commons with his wife when they heard the explosions.

They headed towards a subway, but the stations were all closed.

"We went into a pub across the street, and at that point, all the televisions in the pub were carrying all the news, so it was then we found out the magnitude of the situation," Titus said.

Both runners lament that a day of triumph and celebration turned tragic.

"I feel as though whoever did that just stole - they stole lives and limbs from people. They stole a lot of the experience of what it could have been," Titus said.

"For somebody to do that," Gissel said, "it just makes no sense to do that to runners or spectators."

Titus said this Boston Marathon was going to be his last. But now he and his running group are making plans to qualify for next year's race.