Howard Mayes, Demi Clark, Mary Jenkins, Volker Fischer and Brian Donovan ran in stride as they neared the end of the 2013 Boston Marathon. Together, they crossed the finish line at the moment of the first blast along Boylston Street.
These five strangers are linked by uncanny timing and a close encounter with the tragic marathon bombings of last April. But they have not been discouraged by the experience.
The new documentary film, "5 Runners," follows their inspired rebound as they prepare to return for this year's Boston Marathon.
Demi Clark, 2013 Boston Marathon runner who was crossing the finish line as the first bomb detonated. She plans to run again this April. She tweets @DemiGirlFriday.
- "Demi Clark was approximately 10 yards from finishing her first Boston Marathon last April when the first of two bombs detonated near the race's finish line. Though she suffered no lasting physical damage, Clark developed post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) as a result of her experience. With the help of a group of veterans, she was able to recognize and begin treating it."
- "They were strangers before Monday’s Boston Marathon and they are strangers today. But Howard Mayes, Demi Clark, and Mary Jenkins are now linked indelibly to what happened at 2:49 p.m. on that day. At the precise moment when the first bomb exploded on Boylston Street, these runners, a retired teacher from Missouri, a health coach from South Carolina, and a quality control investigator from Ohio, took their final steps across the finish line."
This segment aired on April 10, 2014.