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Local runners leave finish line minutes before mayhem

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Updated: 4/24/2013 1:34 pm
BOSTON, Mass. -- Runners from across Northeast Florida competed in this year's deadly Boston Marathon. Many are sharing their close calls with Action News.

Action News obtained a picture from viewer Marci Gurnow who left the finish line area minutes before two bombs tore through the Boston street.

Gurnow was walking back to her hotel room just three blocks away.

"As we were walking on our way back we heard two explosions," said Gurnow. "Seeing that it's Patriots Day here, my first thought was that perhaps it was a cannon going off to help celebrate Patriots Day."

Another Action News viewer, Skye Johnson, was competing in the race for the first time. She was in the medical tent when a victim arrived for help.

"One girl in particular was crying and looked like she was in shock. I said 'are you ok?' She said 'I saw it all, I saw it all.' I said 'you're bleeding' and she said 'it's not my blood."

Both local runners say they are heartbroken over Monday's horrific end to the marathon but thankful to be soon traveling home safe and sound.

"I'm feeling a little freaked out and extremely thankful that I'm safe and everyone that I know is safe as well," said Gurnow.

Here's a breakdown of the number of runners from our area signed up to compete.

Jacksonville: 39

Ponte Vedra: 10

Ponte Vedra Beach: 2

Fernandina: 5

Orange Park: 2

Middleburg: 1

Atlantic Beach 1:

Green Cove Springs: 1

St. Augustine: 4

Neptune Beach: 1
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