ALBUQUERQUE (KRQE) - The Boston Marathon was Albuquerque runner Beth Ulibarri's first major race after being diagnosed with Muscular Sclerosis.
She thought getting to the finishing line would be the biggest challenge, not what would come after she crossed it.
Ulibarri crossed the finish line at four hours and four minutes, just five minutes before the blast.
"It was an amazing experience so after I crossed the finish line," she said. "I took my phone out and started taking pictures, soaking in as much of the Boston experience as I could."
Ulibarri was taking pictures when she started walking down the finishers shoot when she decided to turn and take one more picture of the finish later. Seconds later, the first explosion went off.
She was only 300 yards away.
"The explosion shook everybody and it made you turn in that direction it was so loud, a sound of a bomb, but your mind couldn't process that was really a bomb," she said.
She finished at a 9:18 pace. Just 11 seconds slower per mile and she would have been directly in the line of fire.
"I don't think that fully sunk in yet," Ulibarri said. "I'm still shaken up."
Eighty New Mexicans ran the Marathon, including 50 from Albuquerque.
Many of the New Mexico runners traveled in groups and spent the afternoon making sure their fellow runners were okay.
"We still want to talk about the highs and lows of the running part, and then to finish that conversation and to come back to what's currently going on and still hearing the sirens outside, it's jarring," said runner Margaret Ochs. "It's two things going on in parallel."
Albuquerque runner Loren Wohletz was two blocks south of the explosion.
"It sounded like a big piece of metal or something crashing against other metal, or thunder," Wohletz said.
The sounds of explosions stood in stark contrast from the eerie silence he describes on the streets of Boston Monday night.
"Everyone just seems quiet. The subways have the National Guard going through and checking everything," Wohletz said. "Everyone's just quiet."
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