Published: Apr 16, 2013 9:55 PM EDT

FORT MYERS, FL--We have more first-hand accounts of the Boston bombing coming in as people arrive back home to Southwest Florida.

WINK News caught up with runners and one Boston College student who says the city will come back stronger than ever.

For Boston College nursing student Lauren Guerra, the marathon each year is a time to briefly forget about all her assignments.

"Marathon Monday is one of the happiest days of the year in Boston," she said.

But yesterday as Guerra was cheering on her friends in the race, everything changed.

"The strongest cheer is at mile 21 and we weren't cheering yesterday everyone was crying," said Guerra.

"Just mayhem, people just running away from the scene," said runner Kim Miller.

Miller just finished running and was about a block away when she heard the first bomb explode.

"Ten seconds later the second explosion happened and that is when I knew something isn't right," said Miller.

"So they stopped us at that point and let us know it was not safe to proceed," said another runner.

Today at the Boston airport, Homeland Security agents were asking flyers for anything that could help them find who carried out this act of terror.

"Anybody that was wearing marathon paraphernalia they were asking if you had any pictures of video  footage," said Bill Loy.

Cindy Matthes-Loy was another runner who was just a couple of blocks away in a subway and feels blessed she was protected.

"A little numb a little surreal. It was hard to take it all in, it is still hard to take it all in," Matthes-Loy said.

For Guerra, this tragedy hasn't torn her down, in fact, it's only made her want to be a bigger part of the city she calls home.

"This really made me want to run next year to make it bigger and better than it was this year," she said.