Maryville long-distance runner Kenny Miller found himself just a few hours shy of tragedy when two bombs exploded near the finish line of the Boston Marathon on Monday.
A third blast hit the John F. Kennedy Library a few miles away over an hour later.
Miller was already back to his hotel when he heard the news that two people had been killed and more than 50 injured in the incident, but the reality of the situation still hit home.
"I guess I really haven't had the chance to think about it too much, it's fresh," Miller said from his hotel room a few hours after the blast. "I do think about the fact that I'd just ran through there a few hours earlier."
Roughly 27,000 runners competed in the race, considered one of the marquee events for long-distance runners. Combined with spectators, the finish line is the biggest grouping of people during the event.
"It's crazy to think about all the people that were there in that concentrated area," Miller said. "And to think that this happened. They have heavy security, there are bomb-sniffing dogs and police everywhere."
This was Miller's third appearance in the Boston Marathon, but he says it will not be his last.
"I think I'll still go back there and run," Miller said. "I mean, it's the Boston Marathon, it's the Holy Grail of marathons. I'll go back."