North Texan who ran Boston Marathon vows to return 'to support the city'

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by MARCUS MOORE

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Posted on April 16, 2013 at 1:05 PM

D/FW AIRPORT -- North Texans who were in Boston Monday are returning home with emotional accounts of what they saw.

Christina Ledesma had just finished participating in her very first Boston Marathon and was rehydrating in the medical tent when she heard the explosions.

"I just started seeing people coming stretchers, and it was pretty gruesome," she said. "I saw a lot of people that had lost limbs and it was just really, really tragic."

Ledesma's husband, Austin, was on the sideline cheering during the race and saw the chaos that would soon follow.

"It was just really scary," he said. "[I saw] a lot of panic in a lot of faces. It was just a rough scene to be in."

They were among the scores of North Texans who traveled to Boston for the event.

Sonia Soprenuk crossed the line about 30 minutes before the explosions.

"I just can't believe I passed the bomb; I passed it. God was just watching," she said Tuesday. "So many people weren't as lucky as I was. I can't believe it."

Soprenuk only heard about the attack after receiving numerous text messages and turning on the television.

"It was unbelievable. It was so unreal. It can't be happening. Why? Why is somebody trying to hurt us?" she asked, while fighting back tears.

Going into this year's marathon she said it would be her last one, but after the attack, she vowed to run again.

"To support the city," she said.

Many believe she likely won't be the only one returning to run.

"I know that a lot of the people that lost their legs and everything -- those are the kind of people that are determined," Ledesma said. "Those people at the Boston Marathon are really fierce individuals, and this isn't going to stop them."

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