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ETX Boston Marathon runners share their story and honor victims


The East Texas Striders running group had seven members running in this year's race.

Wednesday night was the first time the group got together since the marathon runners returned home.

"They're family to us and so I think that's one of the big feelings right now is we're just glad to see them back here and safe," says Rebecca Dickson, a member of East Texas Striders.

The group's oldest member, 80-year-old Harold Wilson, won his age group and crossed the finish line minutes before the bombs went off.

"I had to pull my shoes off to get my pants on and I had my shoes off and one leg in my pants when the big boom, I looked up and there was a big cloud of smoke," Wilson says.

This was Wilsons 7th Boston Marathon.

No one from the group was injured but Cathy Fieseler says it was a tragic experience, "People's lives have been changed forever because of this event."

She believes people will rise above Monday's incident, "Life is a marathon and this is another test of human endurance to overcome these obstacles that are brought out.

Wilson says you can't be afraid, "If I was to worry about things like that I'd never get out of the house maybe."

"We will not back down, we are going to keep running, we are going to keep racing no matter what," says Fieseler.

She plans to run next year's Boston Marathon.

Wilson says he isn't sure, "It's the five or six months of training beforehand that gets hard on my old knees."

Either way, he is inspiring others.

 "I just feel so honored to run with him and I hope that one day I'm like him and I make it to Boston," Dickson says.

Members say they will never understand why the bombings happened but they will honor the victims with every run.

The East Texas Striders are holding a three mile walk or run on Saturday to benefit the victims of Boston Marathon bombings.

The event will start behind the Einstein Bagels Shop off of Broadway in Tyler at 7:10 a.m. on Saturday morning.

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