Fort Collins runner returning to Boston after bombing

FORT COLLINS - For Dan Berlin, the journey back to the Boston Marathon has been a long one.

Berlin, who is blind due to a form of macular degeneration, ran in the 2013 marathon. Just a few minutes after crossing the finish line, the bombs went off.

"All of the sudden this huge blast went off. It sounded like a cannon," Berlin said.

Berlin says he was close enough to feel the force of the blast. The most frightening thing for him was knowing his 12-year-old daughter, Talia, was searching for him near the finish line.

"The thought of her being there by herself, circling the block, just waiting for me is the thing that really makes me consider what that's like," Berlin said.

Berlin says he left Boston that week unsure if he'd ever make it back. It wasn't until a year later that Talia convinced him that he should run again.

Once again, Berlin is lacing up his running shoes, buying his ticket to Boston, and giving the marathon one more go. Though he can't see the road ahead, he says he'll just put one foot in front of the other until he reaches the finish line for a second time.

"There's going to be a little anxiety for me as I cross that finish line. Just remembering what happened two years ago, it's going to be one of those moments I'm sure," Berlin Said

Berlin and his team of guides are competing in the race to help raise money for those affected by blindness.You can learn more about their efforts by clicking here.

(KUSA-TV © 2015 Multimedia Holdings Corporation)


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