Greenville Runner At Boston Marathon Recalls The Bombing

A Greenville runner who was at the Boston Marathon last year says she felt the blast minutes after crossing the finish line.

Dionne Evans says, "I'm fortunate I wasn't injured that day, so I think I need to take advantage of that and live my life to the fullest and do all I can and not just help myself but to help others too."

April 15th, 2013 was Evans' first Boston Marathon. She says, "The race itself was hard. Once I crossed the finish line, I was almost in tears because I was so excited, it was a mix of happiness, excitement, just I can't believe I'm here, I can't believe that I did this. Then of course a few minutes later the 2 explosion took place. It was like it went from a beautiful day to one of the worse days of my life."

Three people, including an 8-year-old died, more than 260 others were injured.

Evans says she went through a range of emotions. "I was anxious, nervous, I was upset, I was angry, I cried a lot, but I'm a person of action. I said, I have to do something to get myself out of this slump."

So she and running partner, Rhonda Cardinale, decided to raise money through a run.

On September 7, 2013 they held the run for one--5k run, walk or roll event to raise money for amputees.

They plan to do the same thing at the Greenville Town Common on September 6th.

And while she's not running in the Boston Marathon this year, she plans to do that again someday as well.


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