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Greenville County Man Finished Boston Marathon Minutes Before Bombing

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A man from Greenville County had finished the Boston Marathon about 30 minutes before bombs exploded. A man from Greenville County had finished the Boston Marathon about 30 minutes before bombs exploded.

After more than 18 weeks of training Mark Sullivan is proud to wear his Boston Marathon shirt and show off his medal. After all, it is proof that he made it to the finish line.

"I got to run a race I trained really hard for," Sullivan said.

But the "runners high" Sullivan felt quickly turned to confusion.

"I heard a boom," Sullivan said. "It sounded like fireworks and (I) saw big white smoke."

That smoke came from two deadly bomb explosions near the finish line. Tired and confused, Sullivan tried to take the subway to his hotel, but had to make other plans when police shut down the station.

"I wound up taking a cab back towards my hotel because of all the commotion," said Sullivan. "He couldn't get me to the hotel. I had to walk another mile from the cab out on the street to get to my hotel."

As Sullivan struggled to make it back to his hotel, back at home his daughter Elizabeth watched the news unfold on TV.

Her only comfort, she knew her dad had already finished the race.

"Watching the news I realized how lucky we were that my father finished and both my parents were safe," Elizabeth Sullivan said.

The Sullivan's admit it was sheer luck when the bombings happened when it did. A half hour earlier Sullivan would have been crossing the finish line and his wife cheering from the stands.

Sullivan vows to keep running marathons. He says the only way to keep the person or people responsible for the bombing from winning is to continue doing what you love instead of living in fear.

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