Bob Threlkeld, Tara Adyanthaya and Rick Boyd are three Atlanta attorneys who share common interests.
They all work for the same law firm, they enjoy long distance running and they were part of the Boston Marathon last year during the bombings.
"I saw people limb's lost, people on fire - things you would see in a movie theater, in a war movie. I saw right in front of me," said Boyd.
Boyd was only a few yards from the finish line when both bombs went off.
"I wasn't hit by the shrapnel or anything, the reverberation stunned me, it knocked me down," said Boyd. "I went face down on the pavement. I have no idea how long I was down there. I was waiting for more bombs to go off."
Adyanthaya had just finished the race.
"I heard this loud explosion and immediately in my mind I knew that did not sound good," said Adyanthaya.
And Threlkeld was several blocks from the finish.
"I see distant smoke close to the finish line and then further down I see much more profuse smoke and I hear a lot of screams," said Threlkeld.
On April 15, 2013, the Boston Marathon bombing killed three people and injured about 260 others.
The suspects are Tamerlan Tsarnaev, who was killed in a shootout with police several days later, and his younger brother, Dzhokhar Tsarnaev, is in jail awaiting trial.
Despite some reservations, all three are running the marathon again this year.
"The reservation is not because of what happened last year, the violent crime last year but because of the unpredictability of the distance," said Threlkeld.
"There is some hesitation, if I'm being honest, I'm very afraid of what might happen," said Adyanthaya.
"Yes, I do have some fears. What happened last year, no one could have predicted it. There is a lot of evil people in the world," said Boyd.
Boyd and Adyanthaya left for Boston on Monday evening. Boyd is a member of the One Fund Charity. It's an organization that raises money for those directly affected by the bombings. His goal is to raise $25,000 so far he has raised close to $18,000. Boyd's fund raising web page.
He was invited to attend the memorial ceremony scheduled to take place on Tuesday, the one-year anniversary.
"To be invited, to participate, share the remorse that many of us have and to seethe people I'm running for means a lot," said Boyd. "It will be an emotional day. It will be a tough day but we're very passionate about the city, the marathon and what happened to these poor folks."
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Tuesday, April 20 2010 11:21 PM EDT2010-04-21 03:21:00 GMT
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