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Rob Sutfin

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It’s kind of frustrating at first. What do you mean you’re stopping us? We trained so much and we’re just a half-mile away. But they were saying something happened at the finish line, and that they need to stop everyone. They didn’t have much information so all these runners are congregating and we’re in shorts and T-shirts and people are cold and dehydrated and exhausted and legs are hurting and some people need medical attention. But it was still calm and orderly. No one was angry; people kind of understood that something had happened. Then we saw policemen with sirens on down toward the finish line. Then all these ambulances went by and then they came back in the opposite direction. I couldn’t quite process it: why are they going away from the scene? Shouldn’t they be going the other way? And someone said they are taking the injured people to the hospital.

—As told to Boston magazine. Photo by Scott M. Lacey