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Midstate runners were dangerously close to Boston Marathon bombings

Kate Jackson (left) and her sister-in-law took this photo seconds before the bombs went off. Kate Jackson (left) and her sister-in-law took this photo seconds before the bombs went off.
Christi Beth Adams says another runner coaxed her to improve her pace during the marathon. Christi Beth Adams says another runner coaxed her to improve her pace during the marathon.
NASHVILLE, TN (WSMV) -

For two Midstate athletes, the joy of finishing the Boston Marathon a year ago was overshadowed by tragedy.

Kate Jackson and her sister-in-law took a photo just seconds before the bombs went off.

She was a block away and says she felt the shockwaves.

"I think everybody was stunned, there were a thousand people around. There was a hush. Nobody knew what it was," she said.

There was no doubt in Jackson's mind when they felt another blast.

"We thought it was a bomb, and when the second one went off, we knew it was a bomb," she said.

A year after the bombings, Jackson's focus isn't on the evil that was unleashed that day.

"I think less about that and more about just how strong the human spirit is," she said.

Christi Beth Adams is coaching runners for the upcoming Country Music Marathon. She finished the Boston Marathon at roughly the same time as Jackson.

Fate put Adams next to another runner who coaxed her to improve her time at a pace that would unexpectedly put both runners in the clear.

"We spent the next 26.2 miles talking about family, religion, work, kids, and sure enough, she got me to cross the finish line at about 3:48. It's just incredible to think about, had I run that four-hour marathon, where I would have been in relation to the bombings," Adams said.

Adams says she called the runner on Tuesday to thank her for helping her finish that race 12 minutes ahead of schedule, which may have saved her life.

Both Jackson and Adams say they plan to run in Boston again someday.

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