The East Texas Striders running group had seven members
running in this year's race.
Wednesday night was the first time the group got together
since the marathon runners returned home.
family to us and so I think that's one of the big feelings right now is we're
just glad to see them back here and safe," says Rebecca Dickson, a member of
East Texas Striders.
group's oldest member, 80-year-old Harold Wilson, won his age group and crossed
the finish line minutes before the bombs went off.
had to pull my shoes off to get my pants on and I had my shoes off and one leg
in my pants when the big boom, I looked up and there was a big cloud of smoke,"
was Wilsons 7th Boston Marathon.
one from the group was injured but Cathy Fieseler says it was a tragic
experience, "People's lives have been changed forever because of this event."
believes people will rise above Monday's incident, "Life is a marathon and this
is another test of human endurance to overcome these obstacles that are brought
says you can't be afraid, "If I was to worry about things like that I'd never
get out of the house maybe."
"We will not
back down, we are going to keep running, we are going to keep racing no matter
what," says Fieseler.
She plans to run next
year's Boston Marathon.
Wilson says he isn't
sure, "It's the five or six months of training beforehand that gets hard on my
Either way, he is
"I just feel so honored to run with him and I
hope that one day I'm like him and I make it to Boston," Dickson says.
Members say they will
never understand why the bombings happened but they will honor the victims with
The East Texas
Striders are holding a three mile walk or run on Saturday to benefit the
victims of Boston Marathon bombings.
The event will start
behind the Einstein Bagels Shop off of Broadway in Tyler at 7:10 a.m. on
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