PITTSFIELD, MA -- The Pittsfield community gathered Tuesday night at an interfaith service held at Lichtenstein Center for the Arts. People lit candles, wrote messages on paper sneakers and sang "Guide my Feet" to remember those running for their lives toward safety during after the Boston bombings.
"We were in the heart of it," said Jodie Ellis, who was in the race on Monday. "My 11 year old was seeing military men with huge guns. It was scary."
It was her first time participating in the marathon. A race she started training for back in November.
"I wonder why it happened. What's my lesson in the fact I wasn't able to finish," she said.
During Monday afternoon's explosions she was on mile 25.7. Her family last waved to her at mile 25. Once the race shut down she was able to locate them quickly. "It's a whole lot of going through the what ifs. What if we had only seen them at mile 15," Ellis said.
During tonight's service, the pastor spoke of healing and Mayor Daniel Bianchi said a few words about how relieved he was to hear from his children who live in Boston.
"My son works just down the street from the end line of the race," he told the NEWSCENTER.
Pastor Quentin Chin said, "For some it's an opportunity to tell their story, maybe for the first time in a public venue."
For Ellis it was about beginning the healing process.
"I just needed a place where my family could come and pray and reflect on that they are safe."