ASHLAND, Ore. — Runners from the Rogue Valley who witnessed the Boston explosion are returning home and trying to regain normalcy in their lives.
Karl Pryor returned home from Boston on Tuesday and on Wednesday, he was back to work, teaching at Ashland Middle School. Karl says when his students heard about the explosion, they made posters for him in support.
Back at work, he took the time to talk to every student and answer questions they had about the tragedy. Karl said he finished an hour before the explosion happened. He was back at his relatives home when he heard about it.
“It seems more normal now, but its a reminder to appreciate that life is fragile and we might not get to do all of the things we want to do,” said Karl.
Karl says he had several friends who were also running at the marathon. He couldn’t get a hold of them till that evening, but within his circle of friends no one was injured. Karl said he plans to go back to Boston next year for the marathon and run in honor of the victims.