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Augustans grateful for life after surviving Boston Marathon bombing

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AUGUSTA, GA (WFXG) -

Doctor Michael Rodgers and his wife Beth made the trip from Boston to Augusta Tuesday. 

They say their long trip home was made longer by a nearly sleepless night.

"I don't think I slept about three hours last night, it was just an emotional day, a draining day," said Michael Rogers.

They're drained because they were near the finish line of the Boston Marathon when two bombs exploded.

"One minute slower and it would have been me; I would have been hit by all that," he said.

They were separated by the chaos caused by the explosions and they were unable to reach each other with cell phones; it took them about an hour to find each other.

Beth Rogers said, "Finally when I saw him, I mean tears just rolled. It was an emotional type of reunion; just to realize that we were both okay."

The explosions killed 3 people and injured more than 180 people, according to Boston Police.

Rogers was wearing Monday's Boston Marathon shirt when we interviewed him at the Augusta Regional Airport.

It was his seventh time running the marathon but he says this year's run changed him forever.

"I'm looking forward to going to work tomorrow, to see my patients and to just enjoy the day. It gives a different perspective of life too; you cherish life more and more just to realize how quickly it can be taken away," he said.

"To have something so tragic happen, you just value all of the precious time that you have together. I'm looking forward to giving my kids hugs," Beth Rogers, said.

Michael Rogers says he qualified for the Boston Marathon next year and he's considering running again because he doesn't think the bombing should discourage people away from a good thing.

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