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April 16, 2013

Pendleton woman vows to run in Boston again

Local runner undeterred by Monday’s bombing

PENDLETON, Ind. — Heather Hall, who ran in Monday’s Boston Marathon, says she won’t be deterred from running there again by the bomb explosions at the finish line that killed three and left more than 150 injured.

“I will continue to run races,” the 38-year-old Pendleton woman said Tuesday in a phone interview with The Herald Bulletin. “I can’t say that it (the prospect of another bombing) hasn’t crossed my mind.”

After finishing her run, Hall went to an area about 400 yards from the finish line where buses were lined up to hold runners’ gear and family and friends waited to greet the marathoners. About 45 minutes later, the bombs exploded.

“It actually sounded like a cannon,” Hall said. “We could tell it was close to the finish line even from where we were. It was pretty scary.”

In moments, the air was filled with the sounds of ambulance and police car sirens.

Hall, an emergency room nurse at Community Hospital Anderson, said she can’t say enough about how wonderful the people of Boston are in supporting runners.

Running is in her blood. Monday’s marathon was her 10th. Her father, Louie Harshman, has participated in marathons in every state and has run the Boston Marathon. He has been her inspiration.

“Running is what I love to do,” she said, noting that, if anything, Monday’s bombing makes her want even more to return to the Boston Marathon next year.

Hall also plans to run in May’s Indy 500 Festival Mini-Marathon.

At least three other runners from Madison County ran in Monday’s marathon. Anderson’s Candace DeLong, Elwood’s Teresa Perez and Pendleton’s Ana Kroll all finished the race before the bombs exploded and were not injured.

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