Two explosions rocked the Boston Marathon on Monday, leaving dozens injured and many runners from the Triangle grateful to be unscathed.
Alexis Foy, a personal trainer from Cary, finished the marathon in 3 hours and 55 minutes -- only about a quarter of an hour before the bombs went off. Foy said she had finished and stopped to sit down to eat a banana a couple of hundred yards from where the explosion would happen.
Foy had just started walking toward the family reception area when she turned a corner and suddenly heard the explosion.
"As soon as I turned that corner, that's when the explosion happened," Foy said. "Someone next to me was like, 'Did you hear that?'"
Foy said she didn't realize what had happened until she reached her boyfriend, who said they needed to leave right away.
"He told me we needed to get out of there," she said.
Wayne Crews, of Cary, was in the Boston Marathon with seven other runners and their families as well.
"When something terrible like this happens, it just puts a dent on the whole day," Crews said. "I hope everyone is OK, and everyone is praying for the people who were affected."
As for the stunning bombing at such a popular event, Crews said, "I guess it's the times we live in."
Former WNCN reporter Liz Kravitz was at the marathon to support a friend, and said she felt extremely lucky to be alive. Her friend had stopped for lunch and that break meant she was on a five-hour pace. The bombs went off shortly after four hours of the run.
"We could have been right there," said Kravitz, who now works in the Boston area.
"It was very chaotic and confusing," she said. "But [I'm] really, really thankful that somebody was looking out for us."
Another runner from Raleigh, Bev Kesterson, ran the race and was in Boston with her husband, James.
"The runners were going past me and there was this huge 'kaboom!'" James Kesterson said. "I had a sense it was some sort of bomb. And less than 30 seconds later, a second bomb went off.
"And then within three or four minutes after that, the policemen in front of me walking up and down the street signaled for the runners to stop. At that point, they shut the race down."
"To be honest," said Bev Kesterson, "I put everything in perspective and was just very thankful that my husband was OK and I was OK. And I hoped other people were."