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    Thursday, April 18 2013 11:46 AM EDT2013-04-18 15:46:45 GMT
    Marathon runners from Minnesota are still returning home from the Boston Marathon, many with mixed, raw emotions -- and Hennepin County Judge Jay Quam was one of them.
    Marathon runners from Minnesota are still returning home from the Boston Marathon, many with mixed, raw emotions -- and Hennepin County Judge Jay Quam was one of them.
MINNEAPOLIS (KMSP) -

More than 500 Minnesotans were registered to run the Boston Marathon, and of course there were family and friends who'd gone out there to spectate as well.

Coming back home to Minnesota, their souvenir jackets from the race gave them away as they got off the first flight from Boston Tuesday morning. But there was another souvenir they carried that you couldn't see -- the emotions of actually being in Boston on Marathon Monday.

"It was just total chaos," said Mike Volker, returning home from his 13th Boston Marathon. "We just thought the worst. Then we started running fast as we could to get out of there, and then right after that they shut everything down."

"They blocked off maybe 5,000 runners," said spectator Rob Tarrell. "Honestly we were just thinking about them, how they had run 25 miles, they're dehydrated, they're cold, they're needing the water and nourishment at the end, they're blocked off, don't know what's going on, that had to be hard for them."

The flight Tuesday morning actually was the second back from Boston. There was another one Monday night, full of people returning home directly from the race, still processing what they'd experienced.

"People were really composed, they did a really good job of just moving away steadily, not panicking," said Hennepin County Judge Jay Quam, who finished the race. "I think people got more nervous when all the emergency vehicles came in. That impressed on people how serious an incident this was."

"To put a damper on such a great day -- things were such a high," said Robert Kohl of Blaine, Minn. "For this all to unravel, it's all setting in. Pretty heavy."

People take great pride in qualifying for the Boston Marathon and even greater pride in actually completing the race. There's a lot of hopes from these runners that they can go run it again -- that this will not forever taint it.

It may hang over it, but there's a lot of hope the marathon can continue as it always has.

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