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The Aftermath

The 2013 Boston Marathon was my first and only marathon, I ran and finished in a Boston qualifying time. Within minutes, the excitement from my accomplishments took a complete 180. My accomplishments really didn't seem to matter anymore. Thankfully I was with friends and family at the time of the blasts.

I also work at Marathon Sports the…

Before it all happened, it was a beautiful day.

I took this image at 2:19pm April 15th 2013, 30 minutes before the 1st bomb exploded just behind me at the Marathon Sports store.

I was standing much closer to the explosion's site earlier, but a craving for some ice cream on that beautiful day (that's how it started out) made me go inside Sugar Heaven. I think that saved me from more serious…

Marathon Sports poster

The Marathon Sports location on Boylston Street was significantly damaged during the 2013 Boston Marathon bombings. The store posted this notice while it was in the process of rebuilding. The text of the poster reads:

"BOSTON STRONG"

"Above all, our thoughts go out to the victims and their families. Marathon Sports would like to send its most…

Marathon Sports storefront

The Marathon Sports location on Boylston Street was significantly damaged during the 2013 Boston Marathon bombings. A "Boston Strong" poster covers the boarded up windows.

Crowd outside Marathon Sports

Pedestrians and several police officers gather outside of Marathon Sports on Boylston St., which was badly damaged in the bombing.

2013 Boston Marathon finish line

Photograph of the 2013 Boston Marathon finish line taken the week after the bombing, with a crowd outside Marathon Sports in the background.

2013 Boston Marathon finish line

Photograph of the 2013 Boston Marathon finish line taken the week after the bombing, with a crowd outside Marathon Sports in the background.

Crowd gathered outside Marathon Sports on Boylston Street

Photograph of police officers and pedestrians in front of Marathon Sports on Boylston Street., the site of one of the explosions. The storefront is boarded up and covered with a "Boston Strong" poster.

Crowd at Marathon Sports

A crowd of people gather in front of Marathon Sports, the site of one of the explosions on Boylston St.

I was with two friends watching...

I was with two friends watching the marathon in front of Marathon sports and Lens crafters. We left at 2:46 and the bomb went off at 2:50. I could hear it from the Common but had no idea what I had just heard.

Looking back at the NYT's map of the area and suspected location of the first bomb explosion - We were standing in the exact spot the…