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Boston Marathon: One Year Later

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GREENVILLE, N.C. -
It's a day that many will never forget. A year ago Tuesday, three people lost their lives, hundreds injured in the Boston Marathon bombings.

On the anniversary we reflect on the 12 seconds that changed the lives of many. Among them, a Greenville woman taking part in the race

"It was a gorgeous day. The sun was out. Everybody was excited and when the race started, it was amazing. After competing in 6 marathons, Dionne Evans made it; she qualified for the coveted Boston Marathon.

"Boston is the grand daddy of all marathons."

Evans finished in 4 hours and 6 minutes. But Three minutes later, with more than 5,700 runners still to go a bomb went off.

"Initially I didn't know what it was. I thought maybe it was some electrical transformer had blown. But then the second explosion happened and that's when everyone knew it was not a good situation."

Evans says chaos erupted. The bombs sent smoke into the air and runners and spectators to the ground. Exactly a year later, the images remain fresh in Evans’ mind.    

"There were people that were crying they wanted to go back. I just tried to remain calm and keep moving forward because the police were trying to tell us, please leave the area, get out of here as quickly as you can, because we still didn't know what exactly was going on."

Since that day Evans has moved on, trying to find healing in some way. During a training session, you could tell the bombings impacted her.

9 On Your Side’s Andrew Ruiz asked, "What does ‘Boston Strong’ mean to you?"

"That to me is the human spirit, the American spirit." Evans said. “Boston Strong” gave meaning to the resilience Americans exhibited following the bombings.

Evans included, she took on that cause, creating "the Run for 1" 5k in Greenville. Today, Evans is looking forward to doing it once again because she knows in her heart it's the right thing to do.

The Run for 1 is September 6, 2014 at 8 a.m. at the Town Commons. To register click
here

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