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My girlfriend's parents and I were...

My girlfriend's parents and I were able to get a front row spot on the barrier after a large group left. We had been tracking my girlfriend using the Find-My-Friends app. My phone died as she was running down Beacon. She had just crossed 90 when the screen went black

Minutes later the first bomb exploded. It was so loud. It sounded like a…

I was one of the last...

I was one of the last finishers, as it turns out. Exactly one minute after I finished, put on a space blanket and collected my thoughts, I heard the first blast behind me. I turned to see the second blast. As I have relatives in Israel, I am sensitive to terrorist bombings. I fully expected a blast in my immediate vicinity, the finish line being a…

The details are vivid yet hazy...

The details are vivid yet hazy and deafening yet silent. It's hard to process everything now, even a few days later. I was standing with my boyfriend and his roommate's family directly in front of Lord and Taylor, up front against the road-blocking barricades, internally complaining about how I wished we were on the other side of the road in the…

What I saw at the Finish...

What I saw at the Finish Line:

It was 2:33, one more picture, one more tweet. I managed a coveted spot at the Finish line, at the 4:00:00 mark. I saw people finishing 26.2 miles, people in pain but with a smile. I saw the highest level of motivation and inspiration. I saw parents pushing the carriages of their sick children; they run and push…

I was standing right in front...

I was standing right in front of Forum for 20 mins from 11:50 to 12:09. I then moved to the Atlantic Fish’s right patio corner for the rest of the day. I think we all thought the first bomb at the finish line was a cannon. Kind you heard from time to time at a Boston event, from a boat or something. Then instantly you see all the smoke so I…

My wife and I were having...

My wife and I were having lunch with 3 friends at Le'Espalier on Boylston St. (in/connected to the Mandarin Hotel) when all of a sudden we heard an incredibly loud 'BOOM'. Immediately, everyone in the restaurant went silent as people looked around anxiously, starting to stand up, realizing that what we'd just heard was in no way possible an…

Was about 30 ft away. The...

Was about 30 ft away. The blast was sudden, LOUD, and smoky. Utter confusion ensued, and many of us simply stopped in our tracks. A man working at Sugar Heaven jumped into action as soon as he realized it was a malicious bomb that had detonated just feet away, and directed me and others to evacuate to the back alley, so we didn't have time or wits…

I was in front of the...

I was in front of the Sugar Heaven store watching the race and waiting for a friend to finish his first marathon.

I was snapping some pictures and enjoying the day.

I realized that my friend was not to arrive for a while, so I decided to get an ice cream at Sugar Heaven.

I finished the ice cream and moved back into the crowd, but a bit…

I was just receiving my mylar...

I was just receiving my mylar blanket, just after the finish line, when the first explosion happened. It sounded just like the canons they shoot off in Charlestown, and I remember thinking it was strange, but also that fireworks or some other display were not out of the question. I turned and saw the smoke, and then the second explosion happened.…

Makeshift Memorial

These hats are part of a larger collection of materials left on the ground in a makeshift memorial in the public park by the Copley T-stop.