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San Diego runners share terrifying moments after blasts

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SAN DIEGO (CBS 8) - There was a strong San Diego presence in Boston for Monday's race. News 8 spoke with spectators and runners. A couple of those runners are teachers here in San Diego.

They both described first a confused environment followed by chaos.

The explosion seen on video is nothing compared to what it was like in person. This, according to Rancho Bernardo High School Vice Principal, Patty Hurtt.

"We heard the explosion. The ground shook. Everything around us was shaking and we could see behind us a big plume of smoke," she said.

It was Patty's first time running the Boston Marathon. She crossed the finish line just five minutes before the bombs went off.

Patty was standing only a hundred yards away but says, no one around her could figure out what had happened, until they heard a police radio nearby.

Instead of leaving, she went toward the explosion site to find her family, who had been cheering her on.

"You could hear the police behind us---keep going, keep going," she said. "You know, I was trying to get to my family. They were standing between the 2 bombs."

Without access and no cell phone reception, Patty walked back to her hotel alone. She eventually touched base with her family, all of whom are safe.

Another San Diegan, Grossmont College Professor, Laura Sim experienced the same chaotic confusion 15 minutes after she finished the race.

"You know, they're trying to get people out of the area but nobody could leave because of congestion. It was just frightening," she said.

Both women say the bombs went off in areas where thousands of spectators had gathered. A place neither expected terror to hit.

"It's a holiday here in Massachusetts. This is a race all about friendly competition. Never in a million years did I think this would happen."

Patty took the whole week off to continue sightseeing in Boston. Now, she says she just wants to get back to San Diego as soon as possible.

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