CAMPBELL, Ohio - Safely returning to his home, Michael Maillis is in shock after hearing of the tragedy that struck the Boston Marathon nearly an hour after he crossed the finish line.
"It just breaks your heart. I understand a little kid got killed and you imagine the kid being there to see his mother or father finish the marathon and something like this happens. I've taken my family there twice," Maillis says.
The marathon was on the bucket list of 39-year-old Brandi Dawson of Boardman, whose dream will now forever be associated with a nightmare.
"I feel bad for my sister because she put a lot into this and I feel like her marathon run will be overshadowed by terrorism," says Debbie Wrenn.
According to NBC News, it appears the Marathon was the target of terrorism when multiple explosive devices detonated just as large crowds gathered near the finish line.
As the local runners make their way back home to the Valley, many say their thoughts are with those still in Boston.