Tara Sheetz is a Rockford area triathlete. Running is a part of her life. Tara knew she was near the finish-line explosion in Boston, she's previously said about 200 feet away, but until she watched videos of the bombings, Tara had no idea how close she really was to danger.
"When I really saw how close the first one was, it was probably 50 feet from me."
Tara was in a medical tent getting a breathing treatment when the first bomb went off. She finished the race, but the colder spring weather didn't work well with her asthma. She saw the first victims carried into the medical tent.
"I could tell by the nature of their injuries that I knew what happened. I knew it wasn't good and they were one after the other." -she explains.
After spending the night in her hotel, she thought she'd head back home the next day, but her flight was canceled, so Tara spent an extra day in Boston before finally coming back.
"It was really nice to be in the comfort of my own home and see my family because I went there alone and that was hard. I was relieved my family wasn't there on race day because there's a good chance that they would have been standing where the bombs went off and they may have been victims, but when this all happened I had nobody to hug, no one there for me for days and being alone was hard."
After using the last couple days to reflect on the violence that ended lives and shook the nation, Tara's experiencing post-traumatic stress. It'd be easy to understand why she would want to stop running marathons, but Tara won't let this experience keep her from future races.
"I made a decision today that I'm going to do the Rockford Marathon in memory of the people who were hurt." -she says with tears in her eyes.
We also got to speak with Tara's daughter Dani who says it's a relief to have her home safe.
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