Local Runners Feeling Closure

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By Allison Brown

A couple of Northeast Ohioans who ran the Boston Marathon have a sense of closure now that the bombing suspects are no longer a threat.

However, they said there is also going to be a long road of healing.

Kevin Goodman, of University Heights, and Dolores Manhoff, of Medina, are relieved to have brothers Tamerlan Tsarnaev and Dzhokhar Tsarnaev off the streets. Like thousands of others, they actually lived through the acts of terror police say the men caused.

Goodman said he won’t forget the bombs, screams or confusion. He was staying at Boston’s Fairmont Copley Hotel, recovering from the race, when he heard the first blast on Monday.

"I went upstairs and it was a typical marathon day, and I came downstairs, and you could have named it any city in a bombing," Goodman said.

At the same time, Manhoff was just about to finish her 34th marathon.

"I got stopped when there was a half mile to go, and had no idea what was going on," Manhoff said. "It started off as the perfect day and ended as a horrible disaster."

Both Goodman and Manhoff were able to make it back home safely on Tuesday. They are still trying to process what happened, but at the same time, they are also trying to move forward.

"I believe in the resiliency of the human spirit, and the amazing capacity to begin again each day," Goodman said.

"Certainly closure is good, and it is the good first step toward healing for others and our country and the city of Boston," he said.

Manhoff believes it’s a little easier knowing the two brothers accused of the violence are no longer a threat.

"One looked just like an innocent kid -- how could they even think about imagining doing anything like that,” said Manhoff.

Manhoff’s husband, Peter, was at the finish line waiting for her to finish and he saw the tragedy firsthand. Both believe now that the manhunt is over, focus can be back where it should be.

"I think our thoughts can be on the victims, and that's what we need to do," Manhoff said.

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