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April 17, 2013

Fear, panic were just around the corner

Spectators and runners tell their stories


“My friend came up and hugged me,” Edmunds said. “She had just finished minutes before and had seen the whole thing.”

She was able to get on a train and out of the city within minutes.

“We didn’t know the extent of it until we were on our way back up to New Hampshire,” Edmunds said.

‘Like a war zone’

Kelly Galan, 43, crossed the finish line with a time of 3:24:43, one of her best.

“I felt so high, I felt so good,” Galan said yesterday.

Those feelings evaporated when she heard the explosions.

The day started beautifully, Galan said, the perfect day for the marathon. “It was so exciting to be in Boston,” she said.

Galan took her spot in the second wave of runners at the race’s start. She said she felt good, saw walls of people lining the road, many children who reached out for “high fives” from passing runners.

Galan finished the race, got her medal then walked a few blocks to where runners gathered to grab their bags and other items. She then began to walk back to the Prudential Center to get her car. That’s when she heard the blasts.

“I knew that was a bomb,” she said.

She saw windows shatter in buildings and then saw hundreds of people running down the street.

“They were running toward me, screaming,” Galan said. “I stepped out of the way, I didn’t want to get trampled. It was major chaos.”

She let people pass by and looked down Boylston Street to see runners lying in the road with emergency crews running everywhere to help. She was told to go to the Prudential Center and wait until it was safe to leave, finally leaving the city by 6:30 p.m.

Will she run again?

“Absolutely,” she said. “This could happen anywhere, anytime. You can’t live your life worrying about it.”

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