Traveler Gigi Golato watched as news from Boston trickled into Columbus.
Two bomb devices exploded near the finish line at the Boston Marathon, one near Golato's sister's salon on Newbury Street. The Boston native said she was once a spectator in the crowd, waiting for her husband Peter to cross the same line.
"I do remember a couple years when Peter ran the marathon, I would be standing in that exact spot where the explosion took off with my two small children who are now adults," Golato said. "It kind of brings it all home, when you think you were right there. You just feel so sorry for those families and those children. It is all moms and husbands and kids waiting for their spouses and their friends to arrive."
Now, more than 700 miles away, Golato waited Monday for word that family and friends were okay.
She described some as regular participants in the Boston Marathon.
"We were worried about our running friends, we usually have 40 friends that are involved," Golato said. "Very scary. Everybody is safe. My family is safe."
It has been more than ten years since Peter Golato said he last participated as a runner in the Boston Marathon. He described Boston as a city that "will recover."
"Someone once said this morning the race would be tainted forever. I don't believe that for a moment," Golato said. “I think it will bounce back and it will be as good as it has ever been."
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