More than 100 Alabamians were in Monday's 117th Boston Marathon, with 40 from the Birmingham area.
Alabama runner Jennifer Spencer is back in Birmingham. But Monday she crossed the finish line as 11727 an hour before two bombs denoted during the coveted race.
"It was just crazy because what if ... you know, if I had been a bit slower. And I'd been crossing the finish line at that time. I mean it could of happened to anybody," Spencer said.
The lethal blasts killed three people and injured more than a hundred.
Less than 24 hours ago, avid runner Brad Jenkins triumphed through his second Boston Marathon. He was still shaken from the horrific turn of events during an interview after he and his wife departed their plane at the Birmingham-Shuttlesworth International Airport.
"My thoughts just go out to the victims and their families it was quite horrible what happened. And it takes away one of American's finest events," Jenkins said.
Brad and his wife Sarah were just two blocks away from the explosions in a Boston restaurant.
The couple says they were lucky.
"I actually had been really close to where it happened. Just a couple hours before ... you know, be that close for me is tough," Sarah Jenkins said.
As for Jennifer, she says what happened in Boston could have happened anywhere and she will not succumb to fear.
"Don't let it limit you. Live your life to the fullest. But to think that's what their trying to accomplish is to have us constantly looking over our backs being scared but we just have to keep on keeping on," Spencer said.
But Spencer doesn't plan to run the Boston marathon next year, though she's not completely ruling out running it in the future.
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