UK student runner in Marathon: 'I've never been happier to be home'

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LEXINGTON, Ky. (WKYT) - A UK student who ran in the Boston Marathon and heard the explosions has returned home to the Bluegrass.

He was inside a hotel near the finish line of the marathon at the time of the bombings.

"I've never been happier to be home," said Brian Hancock, a UK student who ran in the Boston Marathon.

He says he's relieved but still shaken by what he witnessed at the Boston Marathon.

"My mom said, 'Did yall hear that?' And we kind of looked around and then we heard a second louder boom," said Hancock.

It was something he's dreamt of for years.

"To finish and have the highest of highs and then just be at a lost of how to feel or what to feel," said Hancock. "For any runner, the Boston Marathon is the epitome of running."

The UK senior graduating just next month with a major in English says he never was scared for his own life. He finished with his best time as a marathon runner, nearly an hour before the bombs exploded.

"The marathon itself seems so small now compared to what happened. I really don't think people care how they did," said Hancock.

Instead his thoughts were on his family friend there to congratulate him at the finish line.

"He was actually right in between the two blasts, and he said the force of them just shook him," said Hancock. "I'm just glad he's okay because if something had happened to him because he came to watch me, I don't know what I would have done."

Leaving Boston Tuesday, he felt an emptiness looking at the streets that were once packed with thousands of marathon spectators.

"Caution tape everywhere and last night it was a ghost town, there was no one out," said Hancock. "And this morning, there were some people out but still light traffic I would say for a Tuesday in Boston."

For Hancock, he has one way to describe it all.

"It's been a whirlwind two days. For sure," said Hancock.

Hancock says he's not going to let what happened stop him from running again in the Boston Marathon.

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