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Boston bombings change lives for two central Wisconsin women

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WAUSAU (WAOW) - It's been one year since that horrific day the world stopped and watched the devastation at the finish line at the Boston Marathon. That moment changed the lives of two central Wisconsin women.

While time has passed, for Quincy Suckow it was like yesterday.

I will remember every point of that event,” said Suckow.

Thirty minutes after she crossed the finish line at 117th Boston Marathon, the first bomb went off.

We saw a lot of emergency vehicles going by. Our initial thought was oh, maybe somebody collapsed or there was a medical emergency,” explained Suckow.

Authorties say brothers Tamerlan and Dzhokhar Tsarnaev detonated two homemade bombs just feet from the finish. The blasts killed three, and hurt hundreds.

I saw all my text messages and they started out, 'good luck.' And then 'yay you crossed the finish line!' And then it was 'where are you?' 'How are you?,'" remembered Suckow.

That's when it started to sink in.

That event, it's just perfect. To think that someone took advantage of the good people were doing just made me so sad," said Suckow.

After that, Suckow wanted nothing more than another chance to run.

I would love to go back, run the same route, go the same way."

But she'll have to wait. During last years race, Suckow crossed the finish line 14 seconds too late for an invitation back to this year's race.

I'll qualify again,” she said.

Wausau native Amanda Murphy wasn't in Boston that day. But this year, she'll be running for all those who were.

My heart just ached for all those families and all those people that were involved," said Murphy.

This year is expected to be the second largest Boston Marathon in history. 36,000 runners have signed up.

This year is going to be something special,” said Murphy as she got ready to take one last run before heading to Boston.

While many, like Murphy, say they will be careful, they will not be stopped.

We won't let something like this stand in the way. We will keep going. We're not afraid," said Murphy.

Because it's not just a race, it's statement.

More than 5,000 runners were still on the Boston Marathon course when the bombs went off. Race organizers say they were all invited back so they could finish what they started.
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