"You can't hold us back. You can't get us down," Schmidt said just after finishing Monday. "Boston is magical. This is our place."
Heather Abbott, who lost her left leg in the bombings, ran the last half mile of the course on a prosthetic leg alongside her friend.
"It was hard. It was really hard," she said, a "Boston Strong" sticker on the black prosthetic. "I was really nervous. I didn't want to fall."
She learned from the experience that she's a lot stronger than she thought she was.
"And I'm going to have a normal life," she said.
Associated Press writers Michelle R. Smith, Steve LeBlanc, Jimmy Golen and Bob Salsberg in Boston, Paige Sutherland in Wellesley and Phil Marcelo in Newton contributed to this report.
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