A North Medford High School teacher running her first Boston Marathon completed today's race about 10 minutes before two bombs rocked the finish line, and she escaped injury.
Dana Pabst says she was in line waiting for her backpack when the explosions ripped through the street about 200 yards away, killing at least two and injuring more than 70 others.
"You could here the explosions and all this smoke and debris coming from the finish line," says Pabst, 47, of Jacksonville. "We were clueless. Then the police were hysterically trying to get everyone out of there, and people three blocks away didn't know what was going on.
"I'm just shocked," she says. "It's sad. It's really sad."
Pabst's time in the marathon was 3 hours, 53 minutes, but she says it took her several minutes from the start of the race to get to the actual starting line, so it was at close to the 4-hour mark when she crossed the finish line.
The explosions rocked the finish line 4 hours and 9 minutes into the race.
"It was a really cool thing to finish the marathon, but suddenly it doesn't really matter," Pabst says.
The Mail Tribune has learned at least two other Rogue Valley runners were at today's Boston Marathon.
The Ashland School District officials sent employees an email today stating that Ashland Middle School teacher Karl Pryor and 2012 Ashland High School graduate Alex Kiesling were also at today's race and were unhurt, according to a copy of the email.
— Mark Freeman