JACKSONVILLE, Fla. -- About 60 runners from the First Coast were at the Boston Marathon at the time of the deadly bombings.
But now, several of them are home and safely reunited with friends and family.
A JetBlue flight from Boston to Jacksonville arrived Tuesday morning around 10:15.
Runners retrieved their luggage wearing blue and yellow marathon gear.
Here is what some of them had to say to First Coast News:
"We're safe and so many people aren't and so many people that've been affected by this. So it's weird being back. I'm just thankful to be safe," said Skye Johnson of Neptune Beach.
Tim Scott said, "I was volunteering at the finish line. I was about 50 yards in front of the first bomb that went off in front of the grandstands on the street. At first we didn't really know what it was. At first it sounded like a cannon, like a firework going off. Then you saw the smoke come up. And then within 10 seconds the second bomb went off. And that's when everyone just realized what was going on and took off."
Scott went to say he saw a lot of medical personnel run into the danger zone because they were already stationed there to help runners.
Dan Adams of Fleming Island said, "I guess I just want to see someone get punished for their bad acts against society. You know, who does this? Who hurts innocent people? I'd like to find them and make them held accountable."
Beth Dearment of Jacksonville Beach, who traveled with Johnson, said, "The girl that was running next to me asked if they were doing revolutionary war reenactments. She was like, 'Was that cannons?' And I was like, 'I don't think so, but I guess it is Patriots Day.' I can't believe they would target an event like this because it's such a celebration."
Both Dearment and Johnson hope Boston will bounce back and plan on running the marathon if they qualify again next year.
First Coast News