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Boston Bombing: Nebraska Runners Return Home, Plan Not to Return

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Curt Casper 

OMAHA (KPTM) – A few more runners who were in Boston during the bombings on Monday returned home on Wednesday. While a few of the runners will not be returning to the race, they tell Fox 42 News they are just glad to get their lives back to normal.

After a long flight home Shawn Palandri was just glad to be back in Nebraska.

"I had no idea it was part of a much bigger event that was unfolding," he said.

Palandri had just finished the race and was walking back to his hotel when he saw unmarked police cars flying by him. At the time, he didn't realize what was going on. But when he got back to the hotel he saw the images of the two bombs exploding next to the finish line.

"It was incredibly surreal, I had just left that finish line to a completely different scene," he said.

Al Koontz was also returning home on Wednesday after running the Boston Marathon. He had finished the race only 40 minutes before the blasts.

"It was a beautiful day that ends in tragedy," Koontz said.

He tells Fox 42 News he has done his time in Boston but doesn't plan to go back again.

"We were okay and the people I know were okay but sad for the people of Boston and the people that were affected," Koontz said.

Both runners hope returning back to Nebraska will help get their lives back to normal after the tragic events of the Boston Bombing.

"Back to my routine," Palandri said, "I honestly think after going through such an emotional roller coaster the most sensible thing is to go back to a routine that you know and it will help you take the next steps forward."

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