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Valley runners, spectator give accounts of Boston Marathon

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PHOENIX -

More 23,000 runners started the Boston Marathon Monday morning, but only 17,500 runners were able to finish before bombs were detonated near the finish line.

More than 250 Arizonans were registered to run in the Boston Marathon, and many of them have come home.

Stephanie Clark and her friend, Jennifer Kaplan, returned to Phoenix late Monday night. Clark went to run in the marathon and Kaplan went with her to cheer her on.

Clark was able to finish her race and then both women hopped on the subway. As soon as they reached a platform, they were evacuated from the subway and told about the explosions.

Cynthia Lujan finished the marathon two minutes before the first bomb went off.

"Have you ever felt a bomb? It felt like a bomb, there was no question in my mind that that's what it was. Terrifying," said Lujan. "My reaction was what a bunch of cowards who did this. My second reaction was I'm grateful my husband and daughter didn't come to Boston with me and weren't there at the finish line waiting for me."

The bombs exploded before Bob Haugh could finish the race. His wife was not hurt, despite having waited near the finish line. She is shaken.

"There were so many children at this event, there were families watching, so I knew children had been killed," said Dabney Haugh.

Mandy Powell finished the race 11 minutes before the first blast. Her husband Trent Powell, thankfully, was meeting her somewhere else not at the finish line.

"It's just so sad, I cried a lot last night, it was emotional," said Mandy. "As a runner you love hearing all those cheers, that's what gets you going at the end. So for that to happen at the finish line, it makes me angry."

Another valley runner, Brooke Voss, is visually impaired and ran the marathon with a sighted guide. She, her husband and her sighted guide were still in Boston Tuesday morning.

Voss was about a quarter of a mile away from the finish line when she heard the bombs go off.

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