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April 17, 2013

Fear, panic were just around the corner

Spectators and runners tell their stories


They were stationed about 100 yards from the end of the race on Boylston Street from noon until about 1:30 p.m.

It was within a few feet of where the first bomb exploded just before 3 p.m.

“We arrived there to see the elite runners complete the race,” said Jony, at1991 graduate of Greter Lawrence Tech. “We had a nice viewing spot. We stayed for a while and then went for a walk to get something to eat. We had heard two loud booms, but didn’t think anything of it.

“Then we got home at around 4:30 (p.m.) and realized what had happened,” said Jony, a professor at Cambridge College in Lawrence. “We were so saddened.”

Jony has been running consistently for the last few years, having completed a few half-marathons and a half-Ironman Triathlon last August.

His eldest daughter, Jone, has taken an interest in running and that’s one of the reasons he went to Boston on Monday.

Jony said the scare won’t deter his dream of one day running the Boston Marathon.

“It is now my goal to qualify for the 2014 Boston Marathon,” he said.

Things could have been different

Jillian Edmunds, 27, of Salem, N.H., can’t imagine what would have happened if she had taken just one more break.

“If I had stopped at a port-a-potty just one more time, things could have been a lot different.” Edmunds said.

Edmunds finished her sixth marathon in 3:57, a little more than 10 minutes before the explosions. She was just around the corner from the finish line when she heard the sound.

“At first, I thought it was a gas burst or something,” Edmunds said. “I didn’t think anything of it.”

She soon did.

Edmunds reunited with a friend and fellow runner, who had finished moments before the explosion, and the rest of her family.

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