Teresa Robinson of Goffstown, a marathon runner who attended the Boston Marathon as a spectator this year, was at the finish line, but left around 1:45 p.m.
The former manager of community relations for the New Hampshire Union Leader, Robinson said she felt fortunate for having left earlier than expected. "We left about an hour before it happened," she said. "We actually just had some other things to do. There were no premonitions or anything like that."
Robinson ran her first marathon in Manchester in 2009, and completed the Boston Marathon in a little under four-and-a-half-hours. "That would have put me crossing the finish line about the time this happened if it had been two years ago," she said.
Robinson was in Boston with her fiance, Jeff Pelletier, also of Goffstown. She said the community of runners in the state has been shaken by the event.
"I would say the running community is pretty close-knit," she said. "So when something like this happens, our cell phones, email and Facebook messages all go back and forth to make sure people are accounted for. Everyone that I know of is accounted for."
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