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Local runner returns from Boston Marathon

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TUCSON, AZ (Tucson News Now) -

One day after the tragic bombing at the Boston Marathon, a Tucson resident is back home.

Jennifer Gillaspie arrived at Tucson International Airport just before noon, after a long and emotional 24 hours.

Gillaspie trained and qualified to run in this year's Boston Marathon. Her goal was to make it in at the 4 hour, 7 minute mark. This wasn't her first time in the marathon; she ran it back in 2000.

She left Tucson last week in hopes of reaching her goal. Race day for Gillaspie began at 6 a.m. and her journey began at 10:40 a.m. Things started off pretty well for the runner from Tucson.

At the half way mark, Gillaspie knew she wasn't going to make her goal. She kept going and about a half mile from the finish line she heard two loud booms.

"I thought maybe it was a sonic boom or something, and then a few seconds later another one and we just kept running. As we turned around the corner towards the finish line, the police were out in the street and they were stopping us and saying, 'Turn around and go back,'" Gillaspie said.

Gillaspie would later find out that there were two explosions, hundreds of people injured and three people killed, including a young boy. "I'm just really kind of depressed about it all. The marathon is a great event and it's just such a shame it had to end that way," said Gillaspie.

After the explosions, she had no way of communicating with her family and friends. Her cell phone was back at the starting line. She walked for a while, hopped on a subway and made it back to the starting line. Gillaspie then went to a Starbucks nearby and borrowed a laptop and was able to send a message on Facebook that she was well and safe.

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