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After Boston Marathon, North Ala. man runs with victims in mind

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Dustin Dutton crossed the Boston Marathon finish line one hour before the deadly bombing. Dustin Dutton crossed the Boston Marathon finish line one hour before the deadly bombing.
DECATUR, AL (WAFF) -

Hundreds of runners hit the streets for more than half-a-dozen races across North Alabama and Southern Tennessee this weekend. 

Most fun-runs and 5Ks added security to calm fears following the Boston Marathon. But one runner in Decatur's Hospice of the Valley 5K will never forget those bombing images.

"We heard [the bombs] go off," said Dustin Dutton. "We didn't really know what it was at the time."

Dutton crossed the Boston Marathon finish line one hour before the deadly bombing. He and his girlfriend are okay but will never forget the aftermath and how close they came to the danger.

"She was actually standing for four hours where the second bomb went off," said Dutton. "It was really emotional for her because I could have caught a leg cramp or pulled a hamstring or anything that could have delayed me an hour."

On Saturday morning, Dutton was ready to move forward with his first race since the bombings. He and several hundred others participated in the Hospice of the Valley 5K in Decatur. The race was dedicated to the victim's off the tragedy

"I was thinking about the victims the whole time I was running," said Dutton.

Each stride Dutton took was one step forward from bombings, several sleepless nights, and a trip he'll never forget. But the Alabamian is not letting what happened to him in Boston change his life or love of sport.

"I've already got reservations for next year's Boston Marathon," said Dutton.  

Dutton finished second in the Hospice of the Valley 5K.      

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