April Mundhenke and her husband have traveled from Kansas Metropolis, Mo., to Boston for the marathon for a decade, however the reminiscence of one specific yr, 2013, remains vivid of their minds.
“It affected us deeply,” Mundhenke stated Monday, standing close to the end line. “I used to be right here. So it was very close to where the bombs went off, however he completed earlier than that occurred, but then right after that occurred there were helicopters and SWAT and ambulances. It was fairly scary.”
April has been there to help her husband Gary, who has run in the Boston Marathon for the previous 10 consecutive years. Their love for the “greatest run we’ve ever achieved” stays unwavering regardless of the tragedy they experienced six years ago.
“The response of everyone after that was just coming collectively and working collectively as a group,” Mundhenke stated. “We’ve all the time adopted the survivors and look that up once we come right here and wish to pay respects to them as a result of it actually was superb, everyone’s response.”
When the couple went to the airport to return residence in 2013, she remembers regulation enforcement asking everyone to ship any footage or videos that they had to help find the then suspects. Mundhenke has observed “tightened” safety since then.
“It’s good,” she stated, “It makes us really feel protected.”