CHATTANOOGA, Tennessee (WDEF) - Several local runners who survived the terrorist attack during the Boston Marathon are back in Chattanooga.
It was half past three in the afternoon when Sue Barlow, Trish Newsom and Teri Akovenko were spotted by news cameras and microphones after getting off their flight. All three women are members of the Chattanooga Track Club who ran in the Boston Marathon.
The scene was very emotional as Trish Newsom was greeted by family members. Several steps behind her family members were the news media who were anxious to hear her story about what she saw and heard when two bombs exploded during the marathon.
"I heard it. I felt it and then I turned around and saw the smoke," Newsom said.
Sue Barlow also addressed the media to give her take on what she experienced.
"I heard a big bang and turned around and saw a large cloud mushroom up just a few seconds later a smaller bang and another cloud came up then people started running." Barlow said.
Another runner, Teri Akovenko also talked to WDEF. She said she had just crossed the finish line moments before the first blast.
"I turned and saw the both blast and all the smoke and just immediately they started pressing us forward and out of the area," Akovenko said.
Newsom said there was a moment on the flight back to Chattanooga when she stopped to think about how lucky she was to survive an attack that killed three people and injured many others.
"We'll remember where we were when this happened. I was there and it's hard to comprehend," Newsom said.
Another member of the Chattanooga track club who ran in the Boston Marathon was Cyrus Rhode. He stayed in Boston to prepare for the London Marathon next week. WDEF talked to him via telephone and asked if he feels safe about running in London.
"It's going to be a heightened security search. I'm assuming at the airport they're going to check more bags. But I feel very safe going to London," Rhode said.
As for his fellow runners, they're just happy to be back home with their families.