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Group of Michiana runners safe after Boston Marathon Explosion

Colleen Dabler just after finishing Boston Marathon (Photo Provided) Colleen Dabler just after finishing Boston Marathon (Photo Provided)

Runners from all over the world compete in the Boston Marathon, and Michiana is no exception.

A group of four women from Michiana who competed in the race Monday are safe after a pair of explosions. 

Tracy Eaves, Laura Carlton, Lisa Smith and Colleen Dabler were not injured.

"This puts a damper on what all of us runners just accomplished," says Dabler.

Colleen Dabler has run many a marathon, but never the Boston Marathon.

Monday was a rollercoaster ride for Colleen's husband John and three children waiting to hear from her back at home in Osceola.

"I flipped it on tv and we've just been watching it ever since. Making sure she's ok, tried calling her, but I couldn't get through on her cell, I guess the cell phones were out there. But we did get a text from her saying that she was ok," says Colleen's husband, John Dabler.

Dabler finished the race in an impressive 3 hours and 17 minutes, but it's what happened after she crossed the finish line that she'll remember most about the experience.

"The city was so exciting and so celebrating and then you just heard the bombs and it just went quiet," says Dabler.

Another runner from Dabler's group, Lisa Smith, had just finished when the explosions rang out.

"As soon as I crossed the finish line, I stopped my watch and was like, 'I don't think I can walk any farther' and all of a sudden there was this huge explosion! And I turned around and looked behind me and could see this smoke at least two, three stories high," says Smith.

Then there was a second explosion.

"It was right around that corner, where I'd just come and I thought, 'Oh my God, all those people.' It was wall to wall people," says Smith.

The women say they're lucky they crossed the finish line when they did.
A few minutes faster or slower and things might have been different.

"Just kinda sad that someone would want to do this on such a historical day, to wanna hurt people. It's shocking to be a part of it," says Dabler.

Meanwhile, friends and family are proud of what the women accomplished, putting out signs and waiting anxiously for them to come home.

"We're all proud of her and we're glad she's going to be coming home. We'll give her big hugs when she gets in," says John Dabler.

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