GREEN BAY - Hundreds of people from Wisconsin were in Boston for the marathon Monday. Those folks are now starting to make their way home.
Most of the people from our area weren't physically injured in the deadly bombing.
We know of one woman who was hurt. Linda Witt from Neenah was watching her son run. She suffered an ear injury from flying debris.
Her husband didn't want to go on camera Tuesday, but told me she's expected to recover.
The runners we spoke with say the psychological impact of Monday's blasts is still setting in.
"Hundreds of people, people running by the windows with looks of pure shock, pure terror," said Jeff Csuy of Green Bay.
Csuy had just finished his fourth consecutive Boston Marathon.
And as in a photo from last year's race, he and his family celebrated with lunch and a cold beer. But that celebration this year was interrupted by two bombs.
"We were on lockdown in the restaurant for five hours, for our own safety," Csuy told FOX 11 News over the phone on Tuesday.
Csuy's friend and former Wisconsin Assembly speaker John Gard also finished the race shortly before the explosions.
Gard told FOX 11's Good Day Wisconsin the most triumphant moment in many runners' lives was tarnished.
"It sort of steals a little part of your innocence. When you see the victims and you know they're what the families were waiting for, it just, your heart just breaks," said Gard.
"I don't know how many people we heard from who were concerned," Jerry Feldhausen said, tearing up.
Feldhausen and his family also were in Boston. His daughter Trisha and son Brennan both finished the marathon about 45 minutes before the bombs went off.
"We were on the train going and they made an announcement that the train was being take out of service, and we needed to clear the station," said Feldhausen.
And while the runners may be scarred from what they've seen, they say they look forward to running the course again.
"The only thing I have to fear is heartbreak hill," said Csuy.
"We're going back to show hey, we can't let the longest running marathon in the world change," said Gard.
While the runners we spoke with say they will continue running in high-profile races, some do have concerns about financial costs. They fear entry fees will go up, if extra security is added.
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