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Relief as Lowcountry runners return home from Boston

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By Stacy Jacobson
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NORTH CHARLESTON, S.C. (WCIV) -- Less than 24 hours after explosions rocked the Boston Marathon, Lowcountry runners returned home from Boston. ABCNews4 was at the Charleston airport for their arrival Tuesday afternoon.

As Lisa Deaton got off the plane, she exhaled relief. She called the prior 24 hours "crazy and scary."

Deaton was less a half-mile from the finish line when Boston police barricaded her and made her stop. She said she spent the rest of the day scared, trying to talk to friends and family.

"They turned the cell phone coverage off because they thought those may be the detonators. So for a good hour we weren't able to get to our families. People were crying, trying to find their loved ones. It was bad," she said.

For native Bostonian Michael Isberg, it was an equally hard day, only because he was away from his hometown on marathon day for the first time.

"It's a sad thing to put black eye on such a great international event. It's so family oriented, people come from all around the world, especially at the finish line," Isberg said.

None of Isberg's family or friends were hurt, he said. But, he hoped the event would come back stronger in 2014, and that it would be the best marathon yet.

But for Deaton, this year was too much. She said she'd sit out the next one out.

Runner Jacob Driggers also returned to Charleston Tuesday. He said he had already finished the race when the bombings occurred, but had stood in the place where the first bomb went off a day earlier.

"That spot where the bombs went off, there's a lot of police presence there just for security reasons and crowd control. It's not like there's not a police presence there. There's also a pretty large military presence there volunteering," he said.

Driggers said police asked many marathon participants at Logan Airport if they had photos or videos to provide for their investigation.


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