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Kayla Gaulke of River Falls acknowledges her family members as she runs by the 17-mile mark during the 117th Boston Marathon Monday, April 15. Submitted photos

Marathon bombings come too close to home

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Just hours after completing her first Boston Marathon; after two explosions tore through the crowd near the finish line; after the initial fear and anxiety and confusion of the situation had subsided, at least a little, Kayla Gaulke of River Falls started thinking: "What if?"

Gaulke ran last Monday's marathon in 3 hours, 44.04 seconds.

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Bob Burrows
Bob Burrows has been sports editor at the River Falls Journal since 1996 and at the Hudson Star-Observer since 2009. Prior to joining the Journal, Burrows served as sports editor with Ledger Publications in Balsam Lake, Wis. A native of Bayonne, N.J. and a U.S. Navy veteran, Burrows attended Marquette University before completing his studies at UW-River Falls in 1992.
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