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Monroe Man Returning to Boston for Marathon Next Month

Mike Anderson was in his hotel room when the Boston Marathon was attacked. He says it feels right to return in 2014.

Monroe – A Monroe man is returning to Boston next month to run in the 118th Boston Marathon.

Mike Anderson’s flight is booked to run in his 3rd Boston Marathon.  He’ll be joined by more than 35,000 runners and more than 500,000 spectators, a year after a deadly terrorist attack left three dead, and hundreds of others injured.  

"My goal is I just want to get to Boston healthy and I want to be there. If it's not the fastest time that's okay,” said Anderson, an athletic academic counselor at ULM.

2-hours after Mike crossed the finish line last year, two pressure cooker bombs exploded. He was in a hotel room, not a mile away.

"We had a big picture window that actually overlooked onto Boylston Street, so we saw, felt and heard the 1st explosion and of course about 13-seconds later, the second explosion went off and we immediately knew it wasn't an accident; it was something more than an accident."

After the attack, Mike’s hotel was immediately locked down. When he left for the airport, security was even tighter. 

"They were questioning us at the airport, if we had any photographs, if anyone had taken any video,” adds Anderson. “They were giving us an email address or if you had the video camera with you they were searching them for any evidence."

He says last year’s attacks were a surprise to everyone.  He told us as far as marathons go, Boston is probably the safest in the nation.

"There’s so many police, there's military personnel.  Even in 2006 when I ran I couldn't believe there were snipers on top of the school at the start line."

And even after being so close to death, Mike says he didn't think twice about traveling back this year. 

“There’s probably no other race that I’d feel more secure at, they have the best hydration on the course and the crowd support is phenomenal. “I think Boston has returned to normalcy and they'll be Boston-Strong again"   

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