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Local runner shares her story from the Boston Marathon

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56-year old Cherry Kent of Charleston ran the Boston Marathon in under 4 hours, finishing 10 minutes before the bomb went off. 56-year old Cherry Kent of Charleston ran the Boston Marathon in under 4 hours, finishing 10 minutes before the bomb went off.

"Here is the finish line so the blast was right in this area," says 56-year old Cherry Kent referring to her race map. "I was down about here - two blocks away - getting my sweats off the bus."

Just two blocks and 10 minutes separated the Charleston resident from the blast. She describes the moment vividly, "There was this really loud bang and everybody just stopped what they were doing and turned around. We could see the smoke going up, and then there was another one right after it."

Cherry says she knew then that something was very wrong, although it was a long time coming before those walking the streets of Boston really knew what. "Nobody was saying bombs or anything like that. We were still kind of wondering what it was."

After hearing the bombs go off and suspecting the worst, Cherry left the area of the race immediately, walking to the nearby Public Garden to recoup and find her husband. It was there that she was struck by the feeling of "togetherness" that somehow sprung from the tragedy.

"It was not really knowing but everybody was really sad and I think we were starting to hear by that time that people had lost limbs." Cherry tries to explain, "There was just a real sense of family. People you didn't even know you were talking to and holding each other up. We were all just trying to be supportive of each other."

The pictures and the videos of the explosion and it's aftermath are grisly and heart wrenching. But amidst the smoke -- and the devastation --the community remains and the marathon will continue.

When asked, Cherry said absolutely she will run again. "I'm planning on it. I re-qualified and I plan on running next year and I hope they'll dedicate the race to the victims of this year."

Over 130 runners from South Carolina were entered into the race, 16 of them from the Lowcountry. All of them are fine.

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