Mobile woman remembers tragic Boston Marathon

MOBILE, Ala. (WALA) – A Mobile woman is remembering some frightening moments from a year ago: when she and a group of her friends and co-workers ran in the Boston Marathon.

Two bombs exploded. Three people were killed and more than 200 others injured.

A WELCOME HOME

Allison Ellis of Mobile ran in the 2013 race and was welcomed back to Mobile Regional Airport by her family after flying in from Boston.

Ellis said at the time, “I was there. It’s amazing. We were all right there.”

AT WORK

Wednesday, April 16, Ellis was back managing Running Wild fitness resource center in Fairhope. However, the memories of that day are still fresh in her mind.

Ellis finished the race nine minutes before the two bombs went off, and she was about 100 yards away from the first explosion.

When asked what went through her mind when she found out it was a bomb, she said, “How horrible and horrific, and I could have been right there.”

A COMFORTING DISCOVERY

Ellis said she also remembers being able to find all the people she knew from the Mobile area who ran with her.

She said, “Within probably about ten minutes of that second bomb going off, on our way, as we were making our way back to the hotel, we saw every single one of those people. Out of all of the thousands and thousands of people there, we literally were able to put our eyes on the eight people that we knew from here. We got a lot of comfort from that.”

NOT RUNNING THIS YEAR

Ellis said she’s not going to run in this years Marathon on Monday, April 21 but would like to go in the future.

Her big memory a year later?

Ellis said, “How fortunate we were to not be right there, and, to be able to find each other right before the bombs went off and be able to have each other to lean on.”

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