“I just kept moving,” Lee said. “I was worried about my wife and son until we hooked up. Thank goodness, my son now lives in Boston so he knew his way around and he could get out.”
Despite it all, Lee said this tragedy will not stop him or his family from going again next year.
“To see the human spirit, people helping people, it restored my faith in humankind,” he said. “We can’t let the terrorists win.”
The race has been run since 1897 on Patriots Day, the third Monday in April.
Lee, a retired Ashtabula County educator, said almost 27,000 runners competed this year, representing 96 countries.
“It’s what makes the Marathon great,” he said. “Seeing people from all over the world come together, running together and helping each other — that’s what it’s all about.”