SPOKANE, WASH. - 66-year-old Piper Peterson from Spokane has a story from the Boston Marathon that is absolutely incredible. She got a cramped hamstring that held her back a few minutes, but as it turns out thank goodness she got a cramped hamstring.
"That slowed me down so my time goal was going to go out the window," Peterson said. "That turned out to be good because my time goal would have gotten me there at 4:09."
So there she was, less than a quarter mile away when the first explosion went off. As she was turning the corner to make it down the home stretch and cross the finish line, the runners were diverted.
"You couldn't turn up the street they were making you go straight ahead which wasn't the course. Everyone was like ‘What's going on?" Peterson said. "You could hear sirens and ambulances and things going on so you knew something had happened."
"I think it was only the front people that figured out a bomb had gone off," Peterson said. "It took a long time to get that information to spectators along the route. They didn't know what was going on. They were just told to "Move, get out and go away."
Thankfully she ran with her Iphone so she could call her husband to let him know she was fine. That was before cell phone service was disconnected for fear that someone could detonate a bomb with just one click.
Piper went to school outside of Boston. She says she loves the city and she said Patriots Day and the Boston Marathon means everything to the people that live there. She said she has run 37 marathons in six years and added that there is nothing like Boston.
"Everyone comes out for the race," Peterson said.
She said she plans to run Boston again down the road. This time, though, in four years when she turns 70.