Oklahoma woman finished Boston Marathon moments before attack


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Updated: 4/16/2013 5:26 pm Published: 4/16/2013 5:07 pm


An Oklahoma City woman who ran in the Boston Marathon says she will not let the bombing keep her from competing.

Susan Phillips had just gotten her finisher medal when she heard the first explosion.

“We giggled and at that point the first bomb went off and you went like this, you jumped. I saw smoke billow out from the finish line.”

Phillips said she immediately thought it was an act of terrorism. "Instinct . I wasn't where the bombs were in Oklahoma City but (I knew in) my gut and so I just knew. I quickly got my phone and called my parents and said don't come down here because there have been two explosions.”

Phillips says she’s not going to let this attack keep her from competing. She and other runners around the world are wearing race shirts as a sign of solidarity for the runners who were injured or killed.

“To show we’re not going to let this bring us down. We’re strong as a family, but we’re supportive. I’ve got mine today. You can’t let this bring you down. You still have to stay positive.”


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