First-timer in Boston vows to return to race
"I could have been a little bit slower in my run or I could have started in wave three and that could have been me at the finish line," said Jamie Clogston from her home in Claremont Tuesday.
As a runner, the Boston Marathon was definitely on her bucket list, the 36-year-old said.
This was the first year, Clogston had qualified for the race and went Monday with her husband and parents to cheer her on.
She crossed the finish line at 2:15 p.m. and was a block and a half away from the finish line when the bombs went off.
She and thousands of other runners were still in the enclosed area the runners are corralled and moved through after the finish line, she said.
"First they hand you a bottle of water, then a blanket, then your medal, and then eventually you get to the bus where your bag is and you leave the enclosed area," she said.
She had just found her parents by the bus and was getting her bag when explosions began.
"I saw them and just got my bag. As soon as I did that that's when I heard the first explosion and the second one followed closely after that," Clogston said.
"It sounded like a gun or cannon going off, it was pretty startling. Everyone just looked at each other not knowing what the noise meant, was it part of the race," she said.
Then they could see the smoke and concrete debris and understood, but there were too many people between Clogston and the finish line for her to see the horror, she said.
"Up to that point it had been a great exciting event that I had looked forward to," she said.
The act of terror overshadows her triumph in finishing the race and even though she had only planned to run the marathon once in her life, Clogston said she will return.
"I feel like I have to go back. I think going back shows support for people that had to step into a situation that was horrible," she said.