VIRGINIA BEACH -- Thomas Hicks of Virginia Beach remembers the rush of finishing the Boston Marathon last year. It took him three hours and 14 minutes - beating his time from the previous year by half an hour.
His rush was immediately trumped by the fear of watching the injured and bleeding people being rushed into the medical tent where he was recovering from temperature destabilization.
Hicks would have run again this year, but says a flareup from multiple sclerosis hampered his training and prevented him from running.
He is following about 20 friends on the Boston Marathon app, who returned to run again this year. Three of those didn't have the opportunity to finish the race last year because of the bombings. He cheers each time one of them crosses the finish line.
Hicks plans to run next year but first has to overcome his own medical issues that prevented him from training hard.
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Hicks says he felt a sense of satisfaction to see an American win the marathon.