Local Runners Joyful After Lone Suspect's Capture

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BUFFALO, NY - Local runners who were at the Boston Marathon on Monday are expressing relief that one prime suspect is dead and that the other has been captured.

They join thousands who sat on edge in the Boston metro area due to the terror attacks in Boston. 

Many shared the same feelings of anxiety this week as authorities looked for suspects. And now they're sharing in the joy.

"When we all saw that they were finally captured, one was killed, the other captured, I was real happy for the people of Boston and it's definitely a load off of everybody's back," said Colin Gleason of Elma.

Marathon runners from Western New York also include Amy Goerss of Williamsville, who crossed the finish line a minute after the first bomb went off. And Buffalo's Alex Goudy, who's roommate was hurt in one of the blasts. Both are okay. And there's Kingsley and Linda Haas of Clarence, who couldn't find each other after the attacks.

"To watch everybody come together to solve it, it's amazing to watch," said Linda Haas.

"For me it's relief, relief for the City of Boston," said Kingsley Haas. "Boston became very close to me just through this whole experience it almost feels like family."

The Haases were able to reunite about an hour later at their hotel. For people in and around Boston, it's been nearly a week for people there to finally be able to come together after all the terror.

Local runners say their hearts will stay with the people of Boston and the families of the victims.

Other local runners we talked to say that they feel relieved for the friends and family that they have in the Boston area some of whom they say were in the lock down.

"This is going to be one of those things that you chalk up as one of the biggest experiences of your life, and certainly a learning experience and a life experience," said Gleason.

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