Valparaiso resident Crystal Siewin, who crossed the finish line of last week's Boston Marathon less than a half-hour before the deadly bombings, was pleased Saturday with how quickly authorities hunted down the two brothers believed responsible for the attack.
"I was just so elated they had captured him," she said, referring to Friday night's discovery of bombing suspect Dzhokhar Tsarnaev. "They took such an amazing experience away from so many people."
While Tsarnaev's capture in the wake of his brother's death triggered celebrations on the streets in Boston and caught the attention of the nation, the manhunt over the past few days was personal for Siewin and others from the region, who took part in Monday's marathon.
"It was very relieving," said Misty Chandos, 39, of Cedar Lake, who'd completed the marathon minutes before the two bombs went off.
Chandos said she'd stayed glued to her television as events unfolded all week.
"Knowing they had him last night was just a sigh of relief," she said. "All I can say is thank God there will be no more shootouts. It was just such a stressful week."
This was the second Boston Marathon for Chesterton's Brenda Campbell.
"I'm surprised at how fast it all happened," she said of events leading up to Tsarnaev's capture.
"I was surprised at how young they were," Campbell said of the 19-year-old Tsarnaev and his brother Tamerlan, 26, the second suspect in the bombings, killed in a Thursday shootout with police.
Siewin said while the bombings tarnished her experience, she was excited to have qualified to take part again next year.
"If I have to walk there, I will be there," she said.