Boston Marathon runner finishes the race in Portland - NBC12 - WWBT - Richmond, VA News On Your Side

Boston Marathon runner finishes the race in Portland

PORTLAND, OR (KPTV) -

Monday was Sandy Overstreet's first run in a week.

It's unusual for the avid runner to wait this long between sets, but it's with good reason: her last run was the Boston Marathon, where she was just a few miles from where the bombs detonated.

"There were swat teams out. It was surreal," Overstreet said.

Overstreet said her hamstring was giving her problems that day and slowed down her pace.

It turned out to be a blessing in disguise, because had she run any faster, she would've been that much closer to the blasts.

"I didn't believe it. I didn't believe a bomb had gone off," she said.

Overstreet had run about a dozen Boston Marathons before, but this year, she wasn't able to finish.

Instead she saw people heading towards her, running the other way.

"Someone came up to me and said, ‘There was a bombing at the finish line. You don't have to run anymore,'" Overstreet said.

Monday evening, Sandy completed those unfinished miles.

She participated in Run for Boston, an event held by Fit Right Northwest.

Right by her side was fellow runner and friend Linda Labash.

Labash had run the marathon five times, but not this year.

"It just makes me want to go back and do it again and erase those terrible images from my mind and have it be like what it's supposed to be," Labash said.

For the pair, this 5k held special meaning.

It was a way for them to show their support to those affected by the bombings and for Overstreet, a finish line to what she started a week ago.

"I just wanted to be here to honor the marathon. Running a week after not finishing — it's nice closure," Overstreet said.

Copyright 2013 KPTV-KPDX Broadcasting. All rights reserved.

  • Latest news from NBC12.comNEWSMore>>

  • Better late than never? Library book returned 78 years later

    Better late than never? Library book returned 78 years later

    Thursday, September 21 2017 7:51 PM EDT2017-09-21 23:51:20 GMT
    Saturday, September 23 2017 1:19 PM EDT2017-09-23 17:19:48 GMT

    A book borrowed nearly 80 years ago during the Great Depression has been returned to a Massachusetts public library.

    More >>

    A book borrowed nearly 80 years ago during the Great Depression has been returned to a Massachusetts public library.

    More >>
  • Federal government notifies 21 states of election hacking

    Federal government notifies 21 states of election hacking

    Friday, September 22 2017 5:16 PM EDT2017-09-22 21:16:26 GMT
    Saturday, September 23 2017 12:38 PM EDT2017-09-23 16:38:13 GMT
    The federal government is telling election officials in 21 states that hackers targeted their systems last year, although in most cases the systems were not breached.More >>
    The federal government is telling election officials in 21 states that hackers targeted their systems last year, although in most cases the systems were not breached.More >>
  • Disputanta couple severely injured in house fire

    Disputanta couple severely injured in house fire

    Saturday, September 23 2017 12:04 PM EDT2017-09-23 16:04:42 GMT
    A couple is recovering in the hospital, after being seriously hurt in a house fire in Disputanta. Crews got the call around 1:45 a.m. Saturday. When they got to the home in the 13000 block of Arwood Road, the two residents were outside, after managing to escape the flames. Prince George Fire officials say the couple suffered severe burns and smoke inhalation, and were transported to VCU Medical Center. Firefighters say they were able to quickly extinguish the blaze. Investigators...More >>
    A couple is recovering in the hospital, after being seriously hurt in a house fire in Disputanta. Crews got the call around 1:45 a.m. Saturday. When they got to the home in the 13000 block of Arwood Road, the two residents were outside, after managing to escape the flames. Prince George Fire officials say the couple suffered severe burns and smoke inhalation, and were transported to VCU Medical Center. Firefighters say they were able to quickly extinguish the blaze. Investigators...More >>
Powered by Frankly