Local runners return from Boston Marathon

Mid-Michigan runners who competed in the Boston Marathon started coming home Tuesday. The runners say they feel very fortunate that they are unharmed.

Matt Forsleff is wearing his Boston Marathon medal as a constant reminder of Mondayâ??s bombings.

â??There's a lot of prayers, lots of thoughts, lots of sympathy going that way and lots of appreciation of what Boston people gave to us,â?? says Forsleff.

Heâ??s already back teaching at Flushing Middle School. Matt says he was able to get back so quickly because of the generosity of Boston neighbors.

â??Very grateful and appreciative,â?? says Forsleff.

Matt was about a half a mile away from the finish line when the bombs went off. At first, he didn't realize what was going on.

â??I heard a lot of words like, 'it's the scariest thing Iâ??ve ever experienced,' some people were in tears and so you start to figure out that something is happening,â?? says Forsleff.

Another local runner, Chris Crosby of Grand Blanc, was about a mile away from the finish line when the bombs went off.

â??I was shocked and blown away, it was unbelievable. I didn't know that that had happened. In my mind, I thought it was an accident, an explosion or something like that,â?? says Crosby.

Both Chris and Matt say Boston is on their mind and this won't keep them from running.

â??Iâ??m thinking about, Iâ??m lucky and ya know. I'm thinking about the people having a terrible time,â?? says Forsleff.

Monday's bombings have a lot of people wondering about public safety and large events like Back to the Bricks. Organizers with the weekend cruise say they'll be looking deeper into their public safety plan.