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April 19, 2013

Flu slows down marathoner

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“As we looked around trying to figure out what was going on, I hoped it was a falling crane, gas explosion or some other type of accident,” emailed the Champlain native, who lives in Durham, N.C.

“Then the bang and vibration of the second explosion squashed our hopes of something minor or accidental. The overwhelming sound of sirens followed, and emergency vehicles were coming from every direction

“We didn’t know it at the time, but the bombs had gone off only two blocks from where we were, but we never saw anything because it was on the other side of the block

Since we didn’t see smoke, my first thought was that something had happened in the subway, but thankfully, I was able to reach my husband (Monte Mauney) right away, and he was safe back at the hotel. “

HUGS AND TEARS

On her way back, she saw many people on cellphones and crying.

“As soon as we walked into the lobby, we saw the images on the news and only then did we learn what had happened. I couldn’t believe that the scene I was seeing on television was the same place I’d run through only an hour earlier

“Crossing that finish line was one of the best feelings I’ve had as a runner, and in an instant, the feelings of happiness and accomplishment were completely wiped out and replaced with shock and sadness

“I am certain that I have never felt such extreme emotions at opposite ends of the spectrum in a matter of hours.”

Back in North Carolina on Tuesday, Bonneau and her Bull City Track Club teammates met for dinner, she said, “to collectively process what had happened.

“There were hugs and tears, and we shared our marathon stories from the positive parts of the day, and that was very therapeutic.”

She will run the 2014 Boston Marathon.

“My entire team is in agreement, and we are embracing the event more than ever and planning to rally around the next race in honor of the victims and as a testament to the fact that we will not be ruled by fear or terror,” Bonneau wrote

Email Robin Caudell:rcaudell@pressrepublican.com

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