As local families return home from the Boston Marathon, they are struggling to digest what they and so many others experienced.
"We had a rough year with life and this was a girl's getaway," Kaci Lickteig said.
For Lickteig and her mother Lori Leonard running the marathon was a dream come true. " We ran together and chit-chatted," Lickteig said.
Just minutes after they finished, they felt the two explosions.
"A guy was running down the street saying 'You fools" you're going the wrong way....there is blood on the streets. Get out of here," Lickteig said. "I'm looking at her, she's looking at me, we've got to get out of here," Lori Leonard said.
Only later did they hear about all the serious injuries and the three deaths, including 8-year-old Martin Richard.
"Can you imagine? Walk to see your dad and then this happens? How heartbreaking that he's dead," Lickteig said.
The mother and daughter will run again, and will honor the victims. "Getting through it, and not let this tragedy stop us. We're going to run again and do it to honor them," Lickteig said.
They are planning on running in the Lincoln Marathon on May 5.