Apr 15, 2013 8:30 PM by Cameron Polom KSBY News

Local runners tell their story from the Boston Marathon

Many people along the Central Coast are calling loved ones back East tonight after explosions rattled the Boston Marathon.

We had a chance to speak with a few local runners over the phone to hear more about what happened at Monday's race.

"My first thought was honestly I kind of flashed back to 9-11, because it sounded like something big had happened," said Julie Taylor.

The explosions happened less than a half-hour after Taylor, who lives in San Luis Obispo, crossed the finish line of her first Boston Marathon.

"I had just met with my parents for a little while, got settled down, ate a little bit and we started walking away and right when we started walking away, we heard the two explosions," said Taylor.

Luckily, Taylor and her family were more than a block away.

That's when she says everyone around her began to think their worst thoughts had come true.

"You could tell," said Taylor. "I mean, it wasn't dead silent but people were looking around and nobody really wanted to think what we thought it was."

John Gentry, originally from Lompoc was also there to complete a goal he set for himself just over one year ago.

"I wanted to do something that a lot of people can't do," said Gentry.

After doing just that in just under three hours and 45 minutes, a personal best, gentry made a decision to head back to his hotel early.

"I was going to stick around and watch the rest of the finishers but something told me just go back to the motel," said Gentry.

Minutes later, smoke, panic, and screams.

"I got on the train and everybody's cell phones were blowing up, people were shouting there's been an explosion and it was just chaos," said Gentry.

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