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Mount Holyoke College students remember Marathon Monday

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It was a very emotional evening Wednesday night as members of the Mount Holyoke College community gathered to remember those affected by the Marathon Monday bombings.

Singing songs and lighting candles, hundreds of students and staff joined together on the campus green to reflect on Monday's attacks.

Students of the college who helped organize Wednesday night's event said they felt the need to do something positive in the wake of the tragedy.

"We just wanted a moment to come together as a community to come together to commemorate this moment," said student Scarlett Montenegro.

"I was thrilled to see how much Mount Holyoke comes together when it comes to tragedies," said student organizer Zendy Deleon.

A tragedy that hit the college close to home.  

Mount Holyoke junior Ella Pittman had dreamt of running the marathon since she was 12-years-old.

"I was so excited I had the opportunity to do it. It was a way for me not only to celebrate my birthday but to also give back to a sport that changed my life," said Pittman.

That dream quickly turned to a nightmare when the first bomb exploded just as Ella was crossing the finish line.

"I turned and I saw this ploom of smoke and then I saw a second blast and the fire. My first thought was I don't know how anyone could have survived that," she remembered.

Ella said she had no time to stop and comprehend what she had witnessed in front of her.

"The volunteers just shuttled us and said just keep going, keep going," she said.

Pittman explained after so many have lost so much, she now feels guilty to wear the medal around her neck she had strived so long for.

"I've been thinking so much about the people who were out there cheering us on who are now in the hospitals, who lost loved ones and who are now suffering," she said as she gripped her medal.

Although her first marathon will forever be shadowed by this tragedy, Pitman said it will not keep her back.

She plans on running again next year.

"I originally wasn't going to, but after this I plan to be back running in 2014," she said.

The college's running team also held a race in honor of the victims and ceremony mass was also held on campus.

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