BOSTON - Some local community members traveled across the country to Boston, to show support and run Monday in the 118th Boston Marathon.
Eugene runner Bob Coll has competed in the city’s marathon before, and told us this year's race was emotional and fantastic - all at the same time.
He says the “Boston strong" slogan was everywhere at the Boston Marathon, and so was security.
“There was a law enforcement officer, I’m not kidding you, probably every 50 feet on both sides of the road for that three-quarter mile,” Coll said. “In my mind it showed strength."
Coll said that in light of last year's bombings, this was the most important marathon of his 36 years as a Marathon runner.
He joined over 50 other athletes from the Eugene-Springfield area, including professional runner Craig Leon who finished 12th overall.
Craig Leon has crossed the finish line in Boston! 2hr 14min 28sec, 10 seconds faster than his time last year!— Team Run Eugene (@teamruneugene) April 21, 2014
Another of those local runners, Lisa Frasieur, said the moment she got off the plane, the mood in town has been nothing but positive and supportive.
“The community here, the people, you could tell. There was a lot of healing going on. Today, going as well as it did, I'm just glad I was a part of it. And I think it will help this town move on,” said Frasieur.
She finished in 3-hours and 34-minutes.