Mondays Boston Marathon was supposed to be a day Lacey's Josh Klimek would cherish, competing in the prestigious 26.2-mile race for the first time and running a personal-best time to finish 83rd out of some 23,000 runners.
Only hours afterward, when two bombs went off near the events finish line, it turned into sadness and frustration as two people were killed and more than 130 injured.
"People here do amazing things on this day," said Klimek, who finished in 2 hours, 29.55 minutes. Thats what it should be about.
Klimek was one of more than a dozen runners from Thurston County who ran in the annual race that draws participants from all over the world. Thirteen local runners -- 10 from Olympia, two from Lacey, and one from Yelm -- finished the race. None of whom were injured.
Klimek and others runners from the Olympia-based Guerrilla Running Club learned off the news while eating a post-race lunch a few miles away from the race site. They saw posts and photos through social media websites, as well as images from a news broadcast on the restaurants television.
For Olympia resident Rachael Jamison, in Boston to cheer on her partner, Craig Dickson, and other local runners, thats when they realized the enormity of the event.
Jamison was at the finish line during the race and near the spot of the two explosions. An hour after she and others left the race site, the first bomb went off.
"It was one of those moments when you look to the sky and thank God whoever is looking after you is looking after you, Jamison said.
More than four hours after the explosions, Klimek described the scene in Boston as chaotic with streets blocked off and the race halted and the area evacuated.
"Everyone is still in shock, Klimek said, with the sounds of sirens in the background.
"Its a sad day. Its supposed to be a triumphant day, and its not."