Elizabeth Lynch was turning the corner of Boylston Street on Monday, nearing her goal of crossing the finish line, when the bombs went off at the Boston Marathon.
On Thursday, she returned to the site where many people have left behind tokens, growing memorial to the victims.
"I felt pulled here, like I had to come," Lynch said.
Three days after the bombings, Lynch is wracked with a mixture of feelings, ranging from grief to accomplishment.
“It's just such a high, to such a low," Lynch said. "I'm so thankful I'm safe, I just wanted to come to the finish line too because I never got to."
Three crosses, one for each person killed; flowers; candles; sneakers; stuffed animals; and more have been placed in honor of the victims.
Marlene Cole, of Chelsea, Massachusetts, and her friends left flowers at the memorial, as well as a letter.
"We just wanted to do something," Cole said. "So far I'm writing, ‘I'm so sorry this happened to all of you’."
Cole said she doesn't know any of the victims, but felt drawn to the site.
"You don't even need to know these people. You just need to know they came from here and these are your citizens, these are some of your people," she said.
David Jones, who was a DJ at the marathon, said he made sure to return today.
"I was just stunned and I really didn't know how to process it at first," Jones said. "I think so many people were affected indirectly by this, because it's really terrifying."
The memorial so many have visited continues to grow by the hour.