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STOCKTON, Calif. - Janet Dial loves running so much that she seeks out marathons and other races in cities while on vacation.

"I think it's the peacefulness, and lots of time to reflect, the sense of accomplishment at the end," Dial explained. "I love the solitary for four hours."

But a year ago in Boston at the finish line of the marathon, there was no peace or time for reflection. Dial was about 100 yards from the explosions that killed three and injured nearly 300.

"I'd just crossed the finish line and was waving to my mom and dad and the bomb went off," Dial recalled. "I'll never forget the looks on their faces."

MORE: Northern Calif. runners look back at Boston Marathon tragedy

Dial has run 36 marathons, and competed in Boston eight times. It was the first time her parents had traveled to New England to watch her run that course.

A Stockton runner recalls her experience at Boston Marathon last year and the bombing. (Tuesday, April 15, 2014) News10

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