Austin runners return to Boston Marathon

AUSTIN (KXAN) — Hundreds of Austin area runners will run in the Boston Marathon Monday. For some, this is a return after last year’s bombing.

Bryan Morton has been running marathons for nearly a decade. 2013 was his second Boston Marathon. He finished in 2 hours, 37 minutes, which is his personal best time. He was back in his hotel room near the finish line when the bombs went off.

“I had showered and stretched out and was laying down when the first bomb went off,” Morton said. “My roommate woke me up, saying Bryan, Bryan.”

When the second bomb went off, the pair knew it was not a minor incident outside. That was when the calls and tweets began.

“All of a sudden we were getting text messages and the phone was giving us Facebook notifications, my friends wondering if I was okay,” Morton said.

Bryan let everyone know he was fine, then checked on his friends still on the course. Eventually, he learned they were fine.

He has had a year to reflect on the incident and would not have missed this year’s marathon for the world.

“I’m going back, not to race again or get a personal best time,” Morton said. “I’m going back to celebrate the marathon and run for those who don’t have a chance to run anymore.”

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