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Virginia College of Osteopathic Medicine graduate returns to Boston marathon

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ROANOKE, VA -  A Virginia College of Osteopathic Medicine (VCOM) graduate ran the Boston marathon again this year. 

We first introduced to you Danielle Deines last spring when she came to talk to local students about her experience and the day she went from patient to doctor.

In 2013 after running the Boston marathon and crossing the finish line she could barely stand so she got some IV fluids. From inside the medical tent she heard the explosions and helped treat victims coming in.

A year later she still remembers that day but returning to the Boston marathon crowd support was amazing.

"It was difficult to wrap my brain around all of that. We went the day before on our way to pick up my race number we stopped by the memorial site that was set up here the finish line and I actually dropped off my shoes that I raced in last year," said Deines. 

On the shoes the names of the four victims, "Boston strong" and the date 4.15.2013.

One year later she saw signs welcoming back this year's runners.

"Volunteers actually thanking the runners for being out there which that was just heart wrenching. I thought that was incredible for them to recognize us," said Deines. 

She told us what it was like to cross the finish line this year. 

"It was great, it was exactly what I wanted being part of taking back Boston because I think a lot of people felt like someone came in and try to mess with their city, mess with their marathon, mess with all the people who were out there who loved them and supported them last year," said Deines. 

This year she finished a few minutes slower than 2013 with a time of 3:17, an overall pace of 7:31 per mile. 

She had to return to the medical tent after leg cramps. The same place where she helped treat bombing victims a year before.

"They inadvertently took me to almost the exact same cot I was in last year. I could see the TVs where I first learned of the explosions last year from the exact same angle. I saw some of the people who I worked with last year. It was a little surreal to be back in there," said Deines. 

She says overall it was an amazing experience. Although she doesn't plan on running the Boston marathon again next year the doctor doesn't rule out a return in the future.
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