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Larchmont Runners Recall Boston Marathon Blast

Karen Frum, in pink and purple, runs in the Boston Marathon before the bombs went off.
Karen Frum, in pink and purple, runs in the Boston Marathon before the bombs went off. Photo Credit: Contributed

LARCHMONT, N.Y. -- Runners from the Larchmont and Mamaroneck area are on their way home from the Boston Marathon having safely avoided the bombings that rocked Boston Monday afternoon.

Karen Frum, 37, of Larchmont said she had completed the race about 10 minutes before the explosions so she was already almost out of the finish area. She went to get her bag and was in the family meeting area when she heard a massive blast. She only heard one big blast, not two separate ones.

"Nobody around me panicked and I didn't panic either because I just thought it was some fireworks gone wrong or something; it didn't occur to me that it could be a bomb," Frum said. "I was a block away at that point so we didn't see the smoke or people running or anything."

She called her parents shortly after returning to her hotel because they had been near the finish line. They were trying to leave and at that point it was chaos.

Erin Garzia, whose husband Justin, 34, also completed the race safely and is on his way back, said that Justin also finished well before the explosions but that the day was exhausting after the tragedy.

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