Tuesday marks one year since the Boston Marathon bombings, and some local runners plan to return to reunite with their fellow runners. "I would have never gone back to Boston if this wouldn't have happened," said Erich Gross, of Santa Maria, who was five minutes away from crossing the finish line when the bombs went off last year. While he was looking for his son, who was watching for him at the finish, another runner noticed he was cold and offered help. "There was a 75-year-old guy next to me," said Gross, who was 68 at the time of the marathon last year. "So he comes up to me and says, ‘Young man, you have blue lips. You need my gloves.'" Gross, who has kept the gloves for the past year says he will try and find the man to return them. "It's funny how people get together when something like this happens. The good things, the bad things," said Gross, who is also running the marathon to raise money for the Special Olympics (http://www.crowdrise.com/erichforso/fundraiser/erichgross). San Luis Obispo's Juli Taylor, who crossed the finish about 40 minutes before the bombings, hopes to get in touch with a young woman she ran 25 of the 26.2 miles last year. The two stayed in touch after the race. "One of the neatest things about this race is that it's going to be a time of healing for everyone," Taylor said. "It's scary and emotional but I think it's really awesome we're all going to be going through the same thing together. Even if you weren't there or didn't see or hear what happened, it affected all runners." Both Gross and Taylor are leaving the Central Coast for Boston on Thursday. They will be two of 36,000 athletes running the Boston Marathon on Monday, April 21.
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