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More Boston runners come back to Alabama after race

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Wednesday, more of the 100 plus runners at the Boston Marathon representing Alabama have returned to the State. With them, are coming their many stories about what happened Monday, when bombs exploded near the finish line.

The closest to the explosions was Mountain Brook physician, Scott Weisberg.  Weisberg crossed the finish line 3 seconds before the first bomb exploded at the Boston Marathon Monday.

Dr. Scott Weisberg witnessed the smoke fill the air after the explosion. "I had literally just crossed the finish line and as soon as I had basically walked over the runners mat and was starting to walk… all of a sudden there was this big sound of explosion," Weisberg said.

Alabama runner, Tim Coghil, was a block away when the first bomb went off. "I couldn't tell what happened," Coghill reported. "It shook the ground. It was really loud."

Local runner, Blake Trotter, got back from the race Tuesday evening.  He was in his hotel room only a few hundred yards from the finish line.  "We felt it shake our building and shake our windows," Trotter said.

Alabamian, Cecile Franklin returned home Tuesday from the Boston Marathon to accept a volunteer award for her work with young girl runners. She says no one was focused on how much the race was impacted by the explosions. Instead, their hearts were with the victims. "It was like the whole spectrum of human emotions from the height of exhilaration and joy to the depths of terror and death," Franklin reports.

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