Some Staten Island runners have returned home from the Boston Marathon and say they are still shaken up by the explosions that happened there on Monday. NY1's Aaron Dickens filed the following report.
Minutes after Maragaret Marrano crossed the finish line, she saw two explosions and a horrific scene at Monday's Boston Marathon.
"I would compare it to a little 9/11, because I was there at 9/11, and hearing and seeing these people with fear, crying and screaming, running, because you didn't know where to run," Marrano said.
Marrano returned home from Boston Monday night with the tragedy still fresh on her mind. But she also remembered taking part in the race and the crowd that cheered her along the 26.2 mile route.
"It was just beautiful, and the town and the people," Marrano said. "Just the greatest energy, and then this happened."
Running just ahead of Marrano was Barbara Byrne of New Brighton, who has been competing for more than 30 years.
Worried family members and friends have been calling her since she returned home.
Byrne said her biggest concern is the 8-year-old boy and others who lost their lives.
"I'm sure there are other stories to go with that," Byrne said. "I just can't imagine how that feels."
Authorities are still investigating who is responsible for the bombing. Byrne said she hopes they are found.
"It just makes me disgusted that these people would do such a thing," she said.
Marrano and Byrne said they will continue to participate in races. They train at Clove Lakes Park. From this experience, they said they will try not to take life for granted and appreciate every moment they have.