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Bettendorf Runner Misses Boston Blast By Minutes


For 25 year old runner Briana Flynn, running the Boston Marathon was a thrill for all her friends.

"A lot of us knew how excited she was, about going to the marathon, participating in the marathon, we'd been thinking of her," says Jennifer Hartmann, a friend.

Hartmann followed the race on her phone, getting updates from Flynn as the race went on. Until a news update about a bomb blast left her with a new reason to get in touch.

"Initial calls to either her dad or her were going straight to voice mail, or we got messages that all the circuits were down," says Hartmann.

"We heard something but it wasn't automatically, we weren't sure what was going on, it was my first time at Boston so I wasn't sure if they did some kind of cannon thing," says Flynn.

The Flynn's left the finish line five minutes before the explosions slammed into the crowd.

"As we were driving we saw tons of police cars coming our way, and then I was getting texts from people, so I got on CNN and I saw what people were posting and tweeting about," says Flynn.

"I knew she ran an extra mile, for the Royal Ball, so I was trying to time in my head, would that have given her enough time to get back to the finish line, and be there when the explosions occurred," says Hartmann.

Her phone remained silent until 3:15.

"I'm ok sorry, my phone died after my last text to you, we left five minutes before and we heard the explosions on the way to the parking garage, and, even hearing that, that she was so close, at the time," says Hartmann.

"You don't expect things like this to happen," says Flynn.

"It's scary to know that someone you love and care about could be that close to something horrific," says Hartmann.

close, but ok.

"my dad and I are safe, but it could have been anyone, you just really feel for, every runner today," says Flynn.

She says the timing of all these events leaves her grateful she was able to miss getting hurt.

Flynn says all it would have taken to get caught in the blast was a bad run.

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