Ryan Polly is running a 5K. Six days earlier he came 3/4 of a mile short of completing the Boston Marathon. "I was running and there was 12 to 15 sirens coming up behind us with deafening sirens and they said that the marathon is over and to get off the road!" said Polly.
When Polly planned to enter the run, he and his friends thought it would be a celebratory day, but instead Saturday became a day of action. Runners wore a message of support: bibs reading "We are Boston Marathoners at heart."
"No matter what happens we're all together in this and we really are there for each other," said runner, Jennifer Wilson.
"I've had the roller coaster. I've gone from thinking I'm never running again to knowing that running is who I am," said Polly.
Polly struggles with health issues led him to become a runner. He didn't plan on running in Boston. but received an invite after making progress in training. Then officials stopped him en route to the finish line, he had one thought. "People kept saying 'there's explosions there's explosions' and I was like 'so where's my family, what's going on?" explained Polly.
His family never made it to the bombsite, but could smell the smoke after the explosions. Polly and his family now look at what they imagined would be a milestone day as one of horror.
"I feel really proud that an impulsive idea has turned out and that this many community members want to support a cause like this. I'm hoping today is healing for me and some other people I know that were there on Monday," said Polly.
The length of run is optional, but Polly will run the full length hoping the memory of Boston will give him strength.
Friday, April 18 2014 8:54 AM EDT2014-04-18 12:54:02 GMT
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Friday, April 18 2014 8:46 AM EDT2014-04-18 12:46:49 GMT
As the temperatures start to climb, it's your last weekend to ski in New Hampshire. The three remaining areas that are open -- Loon Mountain, Cannon Mountain, and Bretton Woods -- are planning to closeMore >>
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Friday, April 18 2014 8:45 AM EDT2014-04-18 12:45:18 GMT
This week, the first line of emergency responders are being recognized for their work. National Telecommunicators Week ends Saturday. It's a national week honoring the men and women who work around-the-clockMore >>
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Friday, April 18 2014 12:04 AM EDT2014-04-18 04:04:40 GMT
A Putney man was taken to the hospital after police say he was run over in a driveway. It happened this afternoon on Kimball Hill Road. Investigators say 63-year-old Eric Ladd was walking slipped and hitMore >>
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Friday, April 18 2014 9:39 AM EDT2014-04-18 13:39:54 GMT
Police are searching for clues after a homemade bottle bomb was found at a park in Keene New Hampshire. On Wednesday workers were doing spring clean-up at Wheelock park when they found a 55-gallon drumMore >>
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Friday, April 18 2014 9:31 AM EDT2014-04-18 13:31:49 GMT
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Thursday, April 17 2014 11:08 PM EDT2014-04-18 03:08:04 GMT
Police say two people found dead at a home in Stowe are believed to have died in a murder-suicide. Police are still not releasing their names or the cause of death, but they say the victims are adults. StoweMore >>
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