HOUSTON -- Dozens of runners from the Houston area were among the competitors at the Boston Marathon. Some of them were very close to the explosions near the finish line.
Susie Eisenberg-Argo, of Sugar Land, was on the far right side of the course approaching the finish line when the first bomb went off. She stayed on her feet and was able to finish the race as she ran for safety.
I hear it to my left, I look, I see the smoke coming out of the building, said Eisenberg-Argo. I see people scattering. And everybody coming toward me. The cameras, the people from the association. My immediate reaction was just shock.
Eisenberg-Argo was one of 13 members of the Fort Bend Fit running club competing in the marathon.
I have to say my overwhelming feeling was one of disgust, said Fort Bend Fit member Mike Brophy, who watched the disturbing images on television from his law office in Sugar Land on Monday. Many of the runners, including members of Fort Bend Fit, often run for a cause or a fundraising campaign for a positive purpose.
And here you've got some idiot that decides that whatever his or her cause may be, they're going to target people who are out there trying to help others. And it's just disgusting, said Brophy.
It's hard to even say how sick somebody is, added Andy Stewart, of Finish Line Sports in Sugar Land which also had 11 members of its running club in the race.
I don't think anything gets worse than Sandy Hook, Stewart said of the elementary school massacre in Newtown, Connecticut. But it approaches that kind of sickness and that kind of just...disgust.
Several Boston Marathon participants from the Houston area returned to Bush Intercontinental Airport Tuesday afternoon.
Dawn Pham, of Houston, had already finished the race and was a few blocks away when she heard the explosions.
It was heartbreaking, Pham said of the experience. I mean just the amount of pain and suffering.
But despite the heartbreak and disgust, every marathoner KHOU 11 News spoke with said the attacks will not deter them from competing in the future.
Terrie Gorney with Fort Bend Fit says she s already training.
This makes me more determined than ever, said Gorney. I'm not going to let something like this take away from me and the people that I love. I mean...I'll be there.