Man who finished 2013 Boston Marathon before blasts ready to run race again

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KANSAS CITY, Mo. -- A jury convicted Dzhokhar Tsarnaev on all 30 counts he faced from the 2013 Boston Marathon bombings on Wednesday. The charges against Tsarnaev included conspiracy, and use of a weapon of mass destruction.

Of the 30 charges, 17 are punishable by death.

His lawyers admitted he participated in the bombings, but said his now dead older brother was the driving force behind the deadly attack. Three people were killed and more than 250 were injured when twin pressure-cooker bombs exploded near the marathon finish line on April 15, 2013.

A police officer was killed during the manhunt to catch Dzhokhar and his brother Tamerlan. Close to 125 people from the metro area ran in the 2013 Boston Marathon.

FOX 4 heard from them in person, by phone, and on Facebook. None are surprised by the guilty verdict, but almost all say they're not sure what's a more fitting punishment for the surviving Tsarnaev brother; life in prison, or the death penalty.

Many will never forget the panic and chaos of the 2013 Boston Marathon bombings. Local marathon runner Gary Mundhenke ran that 2013 Boston Marathon, and was fortunate to have finished before the blasts.

He later saw something on TV newscasts that shook his sense of peace.

"One of the things that really shocked me was the second bomb was only 10 yards away from where my wife was standing the whole day," said Mundhenke.

"If I ran slower or started leaving the race, she could have very well been in the line of the second bomb," Mundhenke continued.

As we approach two years since the bombings, injured victims and loved one's of the deceased come their closest to seeing justice served, with Dzhokhar Tsarnaev being found guilty for his role in the bombings.

"I have no sympathy for him. I know the defense was presenting it as it was his brother, but I believe he knew what he was doing," said Mundhenke.

He and other local runner say they're not surprised jurors found Tsarnaev guilty, but they're not sure what they think should happen to him next. Meanwhile, folks are preparing for this year's Boston Marathon that's less than two weeks away.

Mundhenke has his running shoes ready.

"I'm going to pray that nothing happens this year and that it's a safe race. I'm going to go out and enjoy myself. I'm not going to let the terrorists win," he said.

Mundhenke ran in last year's Boston marathon, too. Many local runners say they hope the verdict will bring a greater sense of closure, but say in this situation justice can never be truly served.