EUGENE, Ore. - Craig Leon crossed the finish line at the 2013 Boston Marathon in 10th place overall, the 3rd highest American finisher.
He still remembers the horrifying moment when the runners behind him on the course were attacked in a bombing that stunned the nation.
"It certainly was something I will never forget," he said Wednesday. "There were some nervous moments trying to track down everyone to make sure everyone was OK. Thankfully, at least my friends were."
The bombings injured more than 200 people.
Three people people lost their lives, including 8-year-old Martin Richard, who was in the crowd watching his dad run.
Martin's story touched Leon, who raised $6,000 for the family.
"To watch your dad finish the race and have something like that happen - it really hit home for me," he said.
Leon plans to return to again run the Boston Marathon, the oldest annual marathon in the world.
Runners from Eugene heading for Boston said they're trying to put the 2013 bombing in the past
"It's an annual ritual for me, for sure," said Bob Coll. "It's a renewal of the passion that really drives my life."
Runner Jon Anderson remembers the joy the marathon can bring.
Anderson won the race in 1973.
"We have to show that life goes on," he said.