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Runner reflects on Boston Marathon one year later

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It's been on year since a pair of blasts exploded at the Boston Marathon finish line. 

Now the city has begun to look forward while honoring those who lost their lives and were injured last April.

This tragedy united us as a nation, but getting past the trauma and back in those running shoes is a daily effort for many survivors.

We spoke one local runner who was at last year's Boston Marathon.

It was Bruce Allen's second Boston Marathon. He says he was the most prepared he'd been for any race.

It was 'Heartbreak Hill' -- one leg of the race -- that he was most nervous for.

After he conquered 'Heartbreak Hill,' that all quickly changed.

"The day was absolutely beautiful. It was probably the best day for a run. It was nice and cool out. It was the temperature that runners strive for," said Allen.

Allen finished in three hours and three minutes. About an hour later, the unthinkable happened.

Allen and his 12-year-old son David were at their hotel just two blocks away from the finish line when the bombs when it off.

"When I got out of the shower, I came out and my son asked me if I heard what was going on and I guess I didn't really know what he meant was going and he showed me out the window. And we had seen all these people out in the street, just running -- people with plain clothes on," said Allen.

One year later, the images are still fresh in Allen's mind.

"For that family who lost that little 8-year-old boy and he was at the finish line waiting for his father to come in -- and there's been many times when my son and sons had been waiting for me at that exact same spot for me to come in at the finish line. It just happened at this particular race I didn't bring my family with, I just brought my son with so he was at the motel safe, two blocks away. And if I would have brought the family with they would have been there in the same spot," said Allen.

Even with a bad hit, Allen will be competing in this year's Boston Marathon.

"The city needs the support, the running community needs the support, the family of the victims-- they all need support -- the country needs the support. I know that we're not afraid to go back to Boston and run again," said Allen.

And most of all...

"Family is too important over anything. Give you child an extra hug. Don't forget to tell them you love them," said Allen.

Allen says he thinks his son was more affected by the bombing last year than he was -- and will surely stick with him forever. 

Allen will be racing next Monday in support of all those who were affected.

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