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Runners reflect on completing Boston Marathon

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By Dana Griffin

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Providence, RI- Limp after limp, Walter Steere is taking the day to rest and relish his completion of the Boston Marathon.

"I'm tired. It was an amazing day,” said Steere.

The bombings prevented him from finishing last year and since then, he hasn't visited the finish line because the only way he wanted to see it was by running 26.2 miles from Hopkinton.

Steere adds, "I write my name on my shirt. So, the whole race people were calling. I had Wally on there so even people next to me were like, what are you a star or something?"

"I was amazed at how exuberant the crowd were; they were everywhere," said Dan Horton.

From American flags to high 5’s, even 4-hours after Meb Keflezighi won the race, Horton says the crowds were still going strong.

"Emotionally, toward the end of the race it did somewhat bring a tear to my eye because I thought, I’m really doing this; I’m really finishing. I did it."

The emotion was mutual for Steere.

They've been pushed both mentally and physically but say the crowds helped them cross the finish line.

"And I hope they realize that we appreciate them as runners because if you think about it, people who were hurt last year, they weren't runners. They were spectators so this is there race just as much as ours."

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