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Past Boston Marathon Champion Reflects On Fatal Attack

The marathon finish line bridge is seen on Boylston Street on April 16, 2013 in Boston, Massachusetts. (Photo by Darren McCollester/Getty Images)

The marathon finish line bridge is seen on Boylston Street on April 16, 2013 in Boston, Massachusetts. (Photo by Darren McCollester/Getty Images)

Marathon Bombings

NEW YORK (CBSNewYork) – Thousands of runners did not get to finish Monday’s Boston Marathon because twin bombs went off near the finish line around 2:50 p.m.

The blasts were detonated hours after the winners crossed the finish line.

Amby Burfoot was running to mark the 45th anniversary of his victory at the Boston Marathon but was stopped before he was able to complete the race.

“What I’m embarrassed to tell you now is that at first, you’re disappointed. You feel that somebody is taking away your right to celebrate your finish and you’re angry at the world. And then five or ten minutes later, the details come in and you realize how incredibly fortunate you are to be alive,” Burfoot told WCBS 880’s Marla Diamond.

Burfoot, the longtime editor of Runner’s World magazine, said next month’s issue will focus on the tragedy and the triumphs that came out of the fatal explosions at the marathon.

“I can only assure you that the demand to get into this race next year will be greater, by far, than it has ever been,” Burfoot told Diamond.

Although Burfoot did not complete the race, he still received a finishers medal. Burfoot said he cherishes that more than his 1968 medal.

“I will use it to motivate me to come back to future Bostons and to thank all the people of Boston who have always been here for me,” Burfoot added.

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