Greenville runner misses Boston Marathon bomb by four minutes - WSPA.com

Greenville runner misses Boston Marathon bomb by four minutes

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Evans running about 10 miles into the Boston Marathon Evans running about 10 miles into the Boston Marathon
Evans medal from the Boston Marathon Evans medal from the Boston Marathon
GREENVILLE, N.C. -

Runners from the east are making their way home including Dionne Evans.

For more than six years Evans pounded the pavement, shortening her time minute-by-minute until finally, her ultimate goal, The Boston Marathon - once only a dream - became a reality.

"I finally made it. I thought, 'I am in Boston. I'm running the world's most prestigious marathon. I'm going to have a great time," said Evans.

Evans says it was the best marathon experience of her life but, in a sport where minutes mean so much, four minutes would change Evan's life forever.

"I went across and I'm getting my water, my Gatorade, my bagel, my banana and all of a sudden I hear a loud boom," describes Evans. "When it went off I could feel it, like a rattling in your chest."

"It didn't register with me. You don't think somebody is trying to kill people," she continued. "Everybody just froze but then the second explosion happened and when that happened you knew something was bad because I remember the screams and the crying."

Evans says in was the minutes that followed, minutes that felt like hours, Boston police told the runners to run again only, this time, for there life.

"Run go, get as far away as you can," a police officer told Evans.

It wasn't until she got home in Greenville that it all hit her.

"When the door closed and I was by myself I think I cried for about an hour. I couldn't stop crying and thinking of the screaming," said Evans.

For Evans, it was the strength of the people in Boston who rushed to help, the strength of her fellow runners now running again in support for those who died that gave her the strength to keep going.

"For every evil person out there, there are thousands of people that are wonderful. That love and that care… we take care of each other," said Evans."

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