A year after bombing, N.S. runners prepare to head to Boston Marathon

Global News

HALIFAX – Nova Scotia runners are gearing up to compete in the Boston Marathon, just one year after two bombs exploded near the finish line, killing three people and injuring more than 260.

Shock and disbelief spread following the bombing, especially among those who were there.

“When the second bomb went off, people realized it was a bomb and everybody was running in every direction,” said Bedford runner Malcolm Pain.

He crossed the finish line just moments before the first bomb went off. A few seconds later, the second bomb hit.

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Pain, who is 76, had to walk eight miles to get back to his hotel because the buses and subway were shut down. The entire time he was also unable to let his wife know he was safe.

“As soon as they realized it was a bomb they shut the whole city down,”…

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