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I am a Registered Nurse, and...

I am a Registered Nurse, and I was volunteering for the Marathon as part of the Medical Sweep Team. I was with a runner who could barely walk due to cramping when the first bomb went off. Neither of us knew what it was, but thought something was off. Panic had not yet overcome the sea of runners surrounding us. As we continued our way to the…

My mom lives in this apartment...

My mom lives in this apartment building, clearly heard both explosions and was evacuated to the Marriott. They let her go home the next morning.

I had planned on volunteering near...

I had planned on volunteering near the cactus club at a post-marathon event but running about 1 hour late. I was coming from Northeastern and walking up Boylston, trying to figure out a way to get to the other side of the street. Probably a product of failed logic, I thought that if I went passed the finish line and copley square that I would be…

At McGreevy's. We got to...

At McGreevy's. We got to the bar early and had a window seat. We were drinking Coronas in the open air and sunshine, cheering on runners. My girlfriend was in the bathroom. We heard "BOOM....BOOM" if the sounds had occurred around the time of the winners, we may have thought they were congratulatory cannons. Then we noticed the runners were…

I had been standing at the...

I had been standing at the corner of Exeter and Boylston two people back from the barricade. Two cute little boys had "snuck" around my legs to get up close and were holding a sign waiting for their Dad to cross the finish. I needed to get back to my office by 3:05, and decided to give myself 20 minutes or so to navigate back through the crowds. I…

My boyfriend and I were walking...

My boyfriend and I were walking up towards Boylston from Exeter Street to watch our friend finish the race... and just as we approached Boylston, we heard the first blast and it was so loud that it startled us greatly. Moments later a second blast sounded and we starting running up towards Back Bay Station. We ran into a local hotel and watched the…

My friends and I walked up...

My friends and I walked up and down Boylston for most of day passing right by both areas that were impacted. Luckily we ended up just west of Fairfield. When we heard the second explosion we were concerned for a 3rd or gunman attack. We ran through The Back Bay social club's and out there emergency exit, through the public alleys and up Mass Ave to…

My husband crossed the finish line...

My husband crossed the finish line at 2:30 PM. I had been sitting the VIP grandstand area with my 7 year old son. We were heading to the family meeting area when we heard the explosions. It didn't register immediately that there was an issue. I looked on my twitter account and saw the first posting which stated that there was a reported bombing…

I work at the Copley Sq...

I work at the Copley Sq Hotel as a Intuition Specialist.
While checking a guest into the hotel we felt and heard both blast. The guest asked me if that was suppose to happen. I told him that the noise was probably from our gym that is directly above the front desk. At that point we saw hundreds of people running up exeter st and I knew the noise…

I was standing on the street...

I was standing on the street in front of the fence as a volunteer which I have done every year for the past five years. I saw the blast, and immediately felt the hot rush of air and smelled the smoke. People scattered everywhere. I saw scared looks on police officers faces. The second blast went off down the road and that is when I thought I was…