4:09:43: Boston 2013 Through the Eyes of the Runners

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And 13 seconds after that, the second bomb exploded with a noise as piercing as the first. Because the explosion was farther down the course, away from the mass of photographers hovering over the finish line, it was not recorded as readily by the Times and other news sources. On CNN and other channels that over the next several weeks would play and replay and replay the images of horror surrounding , the second explosion appears only as a cloud of smoke in the distance. She knew Chris, her husband, would be seated there.

What she did see—and feel—was the explosion of a bomb on the left side of Boylston Street. I was not confused. I was not disoriented. I was nearly deaf from the explosion, but I knew immediately that it was a bomb. The other runners around me seemed not to understand.

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They kept running. I had no doubt what I saw, and it was bad, very bad. One minute I had been looking at hundreds of people along the finishing stretch, on both sides of the street, left and right.

And suddenly the people on the left were blown up, right before my eyes. Would they emerge from the rising cloud of smoke unharmed? No, they would not.

4:09:43: Boston 2013 Through the Eyes of the Runners

She immediately turned and began running backward on the course, what she hoped and expected would be away from harm. I thought to myself, wait, I was just there. I had just slapped the hands of those people. Chaos ensued, with people screaming, crying, frantic people everywhere. At this point Chris McGuire lost track of his wife.


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People seated around him in the grandstands rose as one, fearful that the next explosion might envelop them in its evil arms. They scrambled for the exits. If you cannot join them on the road from Hopkinton to Boylston, I know you will be watching this best of all Bostons.

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4:09:43 : Boston 2013 Through the Eyes of the Runners by Hal Higdon (2014, Paperback)

Through blogs, emails, social media, and interviews, Higdon weaves together a narrative that covers the entire Boston Marathon experience. The story begins with runners making their way to the starting line in Hopkinton, Massachusetts. We follow their early progress along the course as they make their way through Ashland, Framingham, and Natick.

Spectators cheer and the girls of Wellesley spirit them on towards the hills of Newton and Brookline until they reach the great city of Boston. You will worry about your own personal safety the next time you run a race. You will worry about your family and friends. Three people were killed and were injured in the Boston Marathon bombings of