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Corning Woman Finishes Marathon Before Explosions, Shocked by the News from Hotel

By Tyler May, tmay@krcrtv.com
Published On: Apr 18 2013 11:41:59 AM CDT
CORNING, Calif. -

Carrie Safford is one of the nine members of the Fleet Feet training group in Chico who ran in the Boston marathon.

She said after the bombs exploded, all she wanted to do was go home.   

“This is supposed to be a time of celebration and that evilness ruined it for people and unfortunately not everybody made it out,” said Safford.

The last thing Safford ever thought she'd end her week-long vacation with was dodging two deadly bombs - just after running in the Boston marathon.

She said she'd been training for this race for more than two years and couldn't believe the race she was running in took the horrible turn it did.

“I was in complete shock and just lost it and just thinking that it could've easily been us there,” said Safford.

Luckily, Safford crossed the finish line an hour before the first bomb exploded.

“I was lucky enough to be one of those who crossed the line and was back at the hotel when we found out,” said Safford.

She said everyone around her started thinking about the worst.

“I think everyone's thought was, is this the next 9/11 and when is this going to stop?” she said.

From there, Safford had only one thing on her mind.

“I just told my husband I just want to home.  I just want to hug my kids,” said Safford.

They jumped on a flight and flew home Tuesday. The first thing she did when she got home was hug all three of her kids.

“Then I saw my mom at work and [there were] a lot of tears,” said Safford.

Safford says she is glad she got to run in the Boston marathon and hopes to improve her time.

“I ran it in about 3 hours and 17 minutes and I would like to improve it,” she said.

Safford says this will not stop her from running the marathon or any race in the future.

In fact, she says she'll be running competitively again in Santa Rosa in August.