ALBUQUERQUE (KRQE) — At least two runners from Albuquerque were right there near the finish line when the two bombs exploded and even after being so close to the attack, both are planning on going right back to Boston to cross the finish line again.
Beth Ulibarri and Danielle Deines were just a few hundred yards away from the bomb blasts. They say going back is about continuing to spread the sense of selflessness they felt that day.
“I wanted something that I could kind of remember today with,” said Danielle Deines, an Albuquerque runner.
One year later, Deines carries memories of the Boston Marathon not just because of tragedy she saw, but also because of how people responded.
“You got to see the best of humanity in kind of one of the worst situation,” said Deines.
Deines has been running for about 20 years now. The 2013 Boston Marathon was her first and what she thought would be her last.
“I wasn’t planning to go back until all of this happened,” said Deines.
After finishing in 3 hours and 13 minutes, Deines was in the medical tent with leg cramping when she heard the first explosion.
“I said, ‘Really, what do you want me to do to help? Because I’m staying to help,’” said Deines.
In the chaos, Danielle started to work. A second year pediatrics resident at UNMH, Deines helped save one man’s life.
A man with a severed artery had been waiting for help but doctors thought he was beyond saving.
“I realized this was not an appropriate triage for him,” said Deines. “I actually found out about six months after all of this that he did in fact save his leg and that was amazing for me.”
Danielle says she’ll run the marathon again next Monday.
“I haven’t been back to the street or that finish line or any of that and I need to re-cross that and make a fresh memory of that whole event,” said Deines.
She’ll be there along with Beth Ulibarri who also finished the marathon last year, just minutes before the bombs exploded.
“I think everybody wants to go back to support Boston,” said Ulibarri. “And I just want them to know that there’s not a day that goes by that I don’t think about them and pray for them.”
Beth and Danielle weren’t hurt in the bombings, both are planning on leaving this weekend to race on Monday.
At least ten New Mexicans took part in last year’s Boston Marathon.