Boston Bombings: Local Runner Reflects One Year Later

Paul Gutierrez

OMAHA (KPTM) - Tuesday marked the one year anniversary of a tragedy that sent shockwaves throughout the entire country.

Last April 15th, an attack on runners and spectators at the Boston Marathon claimed three lives and injured 264 more. Daren Konda, an Omaha engineer, was there with his wife and a couple of buddies.

"Huge difference in emotion. One moment we're happy and the next moment we're all wondering what's going on here and why would someone want to do this?"

Having already crossed the finish line, Konda wound up one mile away from what turned out to be a crime scene. He was unaware anything had happened until one of his friends received a frantic text message.

"Immediately, within one minute, traffic came to a complete standstill and you essentially couldn't receive a text," said Konda.

It's the kind of situation that could scare away a lot of people, but not Konda. He'll return to Boston this year because he doesn't believe one bad afternoon should keep him from doing something he loves.

"There's bad people in the world, but there's a lot of good people and that's really why I want to go back because of all the good people that are there."

The race is scheduled to take place on Monday, April 21st. So far, about 36,000 people have registered to participate.