Local business manager, principal finish the 2018 Boston Marathon

BOSTON, Mass. (WJHL) - Monday was a historic day for the city of Boston - the running of the 122nd annual Boston Marathon.

This year marks five years since three people were killed in the tragic bombings at the finish line.

News Channel 11's Justin Soto spoke with runners from the Tri-Cities who made the trip to Boston for the race.

Yee-Haw Brewing's General Manager David McDaniel told us it was an amazing experience, and the most accomplished he's ever felt after a race. He felt honored to be a part of it.

"Hearing the national anthem this morning was just very very important to me and to know how strong this city is and our nation is to overcome things like that, it makes things like running 26 miles easy like when you know people lost their lives, and their limbs, and their health in such a tragedy," McDaniel said.

Principal John Wright of West Side Elementary School in Elizabethton also conquered the Boston Marathon, with his son Harrison.

He even facetimed in to his students during the race, to give them some encouragement before state testing starts Tuesday.

"They had a special emphasis today that you were to thank the service people, the policemen, firemen, and there were a lot of military people there too. We had little tags that you could give out saying thank you with your name on it for all that you done but yeah that's definitely something special to be a part of that," Wright said.

Here's a list of other runners from East Tennessee who competed in the race.


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