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Man who ran Boston Marathon in 2013, skipping 2014 event

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BOSTON (WFSB) -

With the Boston Marathon just a few days away, there is one local couple that won't be there this year.

Last year, minutes after leaving the finish line, two pressure cooker bombs exploded killing three people and injuring nearly 300 others

The tragedy for one couple has lead to a new perspective on life. 

Vito Iacovazzi has run in several marathons including the New York Marathon, but running in the Boston Marathon last year was the culmination of a dream.

"My thought about going into it was this is going to be my last marathon," Iacovazzi said.

April 15, 2013 was no easy feat.

"I was looking forward to the finish line because I was in a great deal of pain," Iacovazzi said.

Fighting knee pain, Iacovazzi said he kept pushing toward the finish line unaware of the danger that lurked in the crowd.

"Stopping isn't part of the way we operate," Iacovazzi said. "The pain is still going to be there whether you walk or run. I just thought I'm going to walk through this."

His determination paid off, Iacovazzi finished the race just 15 minutes before one of two pressure cooker bombs exploded at the finish line. 

"Just as we got to the hotel I thought I heard a loud boom or explosion, but passed it off as construction next to the hotel we were staying in," Iacovazzi said. "I wouldn't have ever thought that it was a bomb at the finish line."

As Iacovazzi and his wife, Kim, turned on the news, they learned that explosion wasn't from a construction site.  It was from the very spot they were just standing at less than 15 minutes ago.

"The first thing I thought was are we safe? This happened just a half a mile away," Kim Iacovazzi said. "Are there other bombs in the area?"

As first responders tended to the injured, family and friends emailed and texted the couple, hoping and praying they were OK. 

"I was cutting and pasting responses to emails and text messages,"said Vito Iacovazzi. "'I'm fine, thank you for thinking of me.' 'We're told we're safe here.'"

The couple was forced to stay inside their hotel. The next day the carnage they saw outside their hotel room they say was unimaginable.

"It felt like a ghost town when all of the streets are closed like that and you see things rolling in the wind," Kim Iacovazzi said.

"All you saw was water bottles strewed about,"said Vito Iacovazzi. "The solar wraps what people wear when they're finished blowing around in the breeze. Trash blowing around."

Despite the tragedy, Kim Iacovazzi said she does have a new appreciation for life.

"You've got to just appreciate the day and the moment and if there's things in life that you want to do, you just have to go out and do them because who knows what tomorrow is going to bring," Kim Iacovazzi said.

While Monday may include running, both have elected to watch this year's marathon from home. 

"We're not going out of fear. Just logistically we'd rather watch from home," Kim Iacovazzi said.

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