MINNEAPOLIS - Those who ran the Boston Marathon were easy to spot at the Minneapolis Saint Paul International Airport on Tuesday.
Many were wearing the bright blue and yellow jackets they earned for running the race.
Among the runners returning home were Chris and Carolyn Powers of Blaine.
Carolyn crossed the finish line just three minutes before the blasts.
"I saw the explosion didn't see any injuries saw some clouds of smoke things flying through the air, screams," she said.
Chris had finished before her and was waiting for her about a block away.
"I had my timer on and I figured she was probably finishing about this time," he said. "That's one of the reasons I was looking down there and I was making my way down there and then the explosion went off and the second went off and then I just kept waiting for her to come by."
Like many who were at the race, they said it was 15 to 20 minutes of worry before cell phone service let them connect. Then they spent a night locked in the hotel.
"When you look outside at the streets, all you see is some garbage blowing around and SWAT team members running around. So it's a really surreal experience," he said.
Glad to be back in Minnesota, the race jackets that should feel like finish line trophies are now also to them a reminder of its painful end.
"To end like that is just tragic," she said.
Carolyn is an avid marathon runner and said she will continue to run, including in the Twin Cities marathon this fall.
This is the second time the couple ran the Boston Marathon. The first time was in 2011.
Carolyn said she will also run the Boston Marathon again and not let those who planted the bombs scare her away.
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