Marathon runner thankful to be back safe in Maine

7:12 PM, Apr 16, 2013   |    comments
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TRENTON, Maine (NEWS CENTER) -- MDI marathon director Gary Allen was one of the 202 Mainers who ran in Monday's Boston Marathon. Now more than 24 hours later, the impact of the explosions is starting to sink in.

Gary finished his 21st Boston Marathon on Monday and says he feels so lucky. He hadn't really trained as much for this year's marathon because of injuries, so he expected to finish it around the 4 hour mark - just minutes before the 1st explosion went off at the finish line. But instead, he crossed the finish line at 3 hours and 14 minutes. He's not sure what made him run faster than he normally would, but he's so grateful he did.

"I could not be here talking to you. You could be reporting that a Maine runner was hurt badly or killed. I feel that very easily could've been the storyline," he says.

Gary flew back to Maine today. But while he was in Boston this morning, he coped in the best way he knew how - by going for a run in downtown Boston. He says he saw lots of other runners doing the same and felt a sense of unspoken solidarity. He gave many of them high fives and hugs as he passed them on the road. 

Gary says this experience will not stop him from running in the Boston Marathon again. In fact, he plans on competing next year, as well as the New York City marathon later this year.



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