After six months of training, Williston resident Mark Amondson took on what was supposed to be the race of a lifetime on April 15, 2013.
Shortly after crossing the finish line, the experience changed dramatically.
Gary Brode spoke with Amondson to get his account of what happened at the Boston Marathon.
Mark Amondson had just completed a feat only a small percentage of the world's population has accomplished: running the Boston Marathon.
The day started off as a what he describes as perfect race weather and after finishing with a time of 2 hours and 40 minutes went to his hotel to relax.
Little did he know his feeling of triumph would shortly be taken over by fear and panic.
(Mark Amondson, Marathon Runner) "I knew immediately it was a bomb. I looked down below and there were just people running around franticly and then the second bomb hit."
His girlfriend was running with him.
She finished only 27 minutes prior to the first bomb.
A close friend of theirs finished only a minute and a half before the first explosion.
Amidst all of the chaos, one lasting memory stood with him front the tragic event.
(Mark Amondson, Marathon Runner) "People were not running away from the scene but they were actually running to help, they were running towards the injured people to help them out."
Mark was moved by the heroic compassion people had towards the wounded victims.
He said he thought the security at the event was normal.
As a long time runner, Amondson worries too much security at future events will change the atmosphere of the race.
(Mark Amondson, Marathon Runner) "It would almost take away from the excitement. They would be fearful of running. Who wants to have those fears instilled in them when they are out doing what they love."
The question remains, does he have the desire to continue running?
(Mark Amondson, Marathon Runner) "It's a passion of mine, I'm not going to quit going to the big races just because of that scare.
As a runner he knows, the only thing to do is to keep moving forward.
In Williston, Gary Brode, KX News.