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No turning back: Local runner returns to Boston Marathon

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A local woman who ran in the Boston Marathon last year says nothing will keep her from the starting line next week. Reporter Emily DeFeciani sat down with Tina Greene to hear her story.

It’s a day she will never forget.

"We were sitting there eating and we heard what sounded like a garbage truck going over bumps, like that metal sound, two consecutive metal sounds though," Boston Marathon runner Tina Greene said.

She had crossed the finish line less than an hour before 2:49 p.m. that day, and was just a block away with her husband.

"One of the patrons in the restaurant had said to me 'a bomb just went off at the finish,' and I was just shocked. It was at that point that I went to the window and saw all these emergency vehicles showing up. I had never seen so many ambulances in my life just lined up. I have never seen anything like that, it was just incredible," Green said.

An employee turned on a television and what she saw, was haunting.

"I remember me going across the finish line and some of the people, I think they had white jackets on, I think they were EMS guys, and I remember them saying good job, then I remember seeing on the screen that same guy helping somebody who was missing limbs," she said.

She and her husband were instructed by law enforcement to leave the city as soon as possible.

"All transportation was shut down. There was no other way to get out of the city other than to walk in one direction. We just kept on walking as far as we could until somebody could pick us up and bring us back to our car," Greene said.

She still vividly remembers those around her on that walk.

"People were crying," she said. "People were crying because they were just right there."

And though she will never forget what she saw, it's not going to stop her from living her life.

"We are going to come back. You're not going to deter us from doing things we love. And we can't live like that, we can't live in fear," Greene said.

She'll run again this year in Boston.

"To go to that race on Monday along with all those other people, I think it's going to be a positive experience. We're all there for a cause this year. I think everybody's going to be standing there and I think everybody's going to be proud of themselves for doing this," she said. "I think the finish is going to be even harder, running past the finish line knowing what happened at that point."

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