MOBILE, Ala. (WALA) - Jim Kinder is packing to leave town again to go on a mission trip, but his trip to Boston is still freshly on his mind. Kinder ran in the Boston Marathon and just returned to town Thursday, April 18.
Kinder said he's been watching the events in Boston unfold Friday morning, but admits there were times he didn't want to hear anything.
"I've been trying to keep up a little bit with it. I will tell you there was some time in Boston where I had to turn the news off and just listen to music on the radio. It was overwhelming... got to be too much," Kinder said.
When word that those responsible may have been found, it got his attention. One of the locations where authorities were searching is where Kinder stayed for the race.
"We were in Cambridge and right after the incident happened, I went back to my hotel after the race and that's makes it a little more eerie but you can't live in fear, and life is meant to be lived," Kinder said.
Kinder said the marathon was emotional, on many levels.
"You've dreamed of this. You did it. You've got the time you wanted. It's a beautiful day, and then you go from triumph to tragedy. A friend of mine wrote on Facebook that it was the most meaningful and meaningless medal I ever receive," Kinder said.
As far as moving forward, Kinder said, "That's what grace and hope are all about. So that's what I hope to do, is put it all together and keep living and running."
Kinder said he hopes to catch up rest and now looks forward to his experience on the Ivory Coast.
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