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Tue April 15, 2014

Rochester Resident Reflects on the Boston Marathon Bombings

Nora Dimmock, the Assistant Dean for Information Technology, Research & Digital Scholarship at the University of Rochester River Campus Libraries
Nora Dimmock, the Assistant Dean for Information Technology, Research & Digital Scholarship at the University of Rochester River Campus Libraries
Credit University of Rochester

It's the one-year anniversary of the tragic Boston Marathon Bombings and one local woman is remembering that day.

The Assistant Dean for Information Technology, Research & Digital Scholarship at the University of Rochester River Campus Libraries, Nora Dimmock, says she was 2 kilometers from the finish line when she and other marathoners were stopped.

"It was very confusing. We could hear a lot of sirens."

Dimmock says among the confusion of not knowing what was happening, volunteers and spectators were very helpful when a fellow runner fainted. She later learned two bombs had exploded near the finish line, where she would have been - if she had been feeling well.

Dimmock says she was amazed by the heroism after the blasts and devastation.

"People who rushed in and helped. Who were right there and never gave it a second thought.”

Now, Dimmock is training to return to Boston and finish the race she wasn't able to finish.

“I hadn't really thought about it because I go to Boston every year. I hadn't really thought about if it would be emotional for me. I think it will be. I’m sure it will be. It’s going to be bitter sweet this year. You know because you're going to be thinking about the people that were hurt."

A few people lost their lives and hundreds were injured during the April 15th bombings. Dimmock says she deals with survivor’s guilt because she wasn't harmed.

According the Boston Athletic Association, the Boston Police Department is beefing up its efforts with an increased presence of uniformed and undercover officers along the marathon route. Also, more than 100 cameras have been installed along the Boston portion of the Marathon route.

An additional 10-thousand people are expected to run in the race. 

The marathon is Monday, April 21st.