Yuma runner describes horror of Boston bombings

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Yuma runner describes horror of Boston bombings

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YUMA, Ariz. (13 On Your Side) - The Boston Marathon blasts continue to shake America to its core.

One Yuma resident was in Boston for the marathon that ended in tragedy. 

Blessed. Lucky. Grateful.

Words Yuma resident Tami Harmon uses to describe her experience of finishing the race just moments before the two bombs exploded near the finish line.

Tonight, Harmon knows that had she ran the marathon a little bit slower, the outcome could have been different.

For Tami Harmon, runnnig in this once-in-a-lifetime event took exactly four hours and five minutes.

Two minutes after she crossed the finish line, the first bomb exploded.

"Oh my god, is what literally went through my mind," she said.

Her mind wandered after hearing the first bomb go off, but she wasn't quite sure what to make of it.

"Right after that, there was another boom," Harmon said.

Time for runners who raced against the clock seemed to come to a complete stand-still. 

"Fanfare stopped, music stpoped," she said of those moments.

Harmon says police forced runners to immediately leave the area.

Emergency crews quickly rushed in. She says they prepared to react to such a tragedy.

Today, just more than 24 hours later, Harmon is back in Yuma.

While her faith has always been strong, she can't help but question "what if" life's fragile lessons resulted in a different outcome.

"I'm very blessed. I'm very lucky. And just grateful," Harmon said.

Harmon says that while she loves to run, she is not sure she will ever be able to run in another big marathon. 

But she does know this, she'll bug her loved ones a little tighter tonight--and always.

 

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