McAllen resident Cynthia Karr ran her first Boston Marathon in 2013–the same year when two bombs exploded near the finish line, killing three people and injuring hundreds more.

“I remember walking over to the window and I looked down and it was just a scene that I don’t ever want to see,” Karr said. “It was chaos, people running all over the place, screaming. It was very scary. I was overwhelmed with fear.” 

Karr finished the race only a few minutes prior to the first explosion.

To be mere minutes away from being close to the bombings, Karr said she is truly thankful.

“I feel horrible, like I said, for the victims, because I know firsthand what they had to endure,” said Karr. “I’m just glad that my husband and I were able to get away from that.”