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Local runners share tales from horrific ending to Boston Marathon

12:52 PM, Apr. 17, 2013
De Pere High School graduate Kathy McGurk stands in the area of the finish line Saturday, April 13, as officials get things set for this year's Boston Marathon, held two days later. McGurk ran the prestigious race for the first time and finished it before two bombs detonated near the finish line Monday afternoon. The first explosion occurred in front of the buildings to the near left in this photo.
De Pere High School graduate Kathy McGurk stands in the area of the finish line Saturday, April 13, as officials get things set for this year's Boston Marathon, held two days later. McGurk ran the prestigious race for the first time and finished it before two bombs detonated near the finish line Monday afternoon. The first explosion occurred in front of the buildings to the near left in this photo.
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Kathy McGurk reached the finish line on Boylston Street in downtown Boston's Copley Square on fatigued legs but flush by what she had just accomplished.

"After dedicating so many months to training and imagining the moment for so long, the feeling was everything I ever dreamed," McGurk said. "Through absolute exhaustion, there is an overwhelming sense of happiness and pride."

Less than an hour later, after she had not only run her first Boston Marathon but completed the famous 26.2-mile race in a time of 3 hours, 36 minutes, 51 seconds, McGurk and so many others who were catching their breath ...

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