Boston Marathon runner Rachel Ackerman describes her experience on Monday
CSN Washington dot com Rachel first or by. Describe to the viewers just fit the moments leading up to the ovaries and just describe what the city of Boston was like -- it. Yeah I got in net and a couple might be further -- and I went to the accident to pick up my number and that's always really exciting as spenders -- I'm a lot of great -- GNC. All the different people who learn there are just getting ready. I'm driving -- ever wearing their shirts ended the reeling me I have it I made stayed at my college which is happening before. They're racing in the morning and she lives by the starting lines there's lots of people coming in and out and just eating and chatting and talking about -- -- so happy it's so much cooler than last years and have there which is 9089 degrees that. And it's really just a beautiful start lots of green energy and Dan and look like it was going to be really fantastic and. The race starts. You finished you feel like triumph celebration. Over the training you put into it. Walk us through the events that led up to at the 250 mark of the race when you first heard the explosion. Yeah that you know I had it finished there is am I name's Wayne and got my bag and changed and then masters checking on and I -- relations and -- some time -- -- know my time. Yeah I was safety hair and and with getting text messages about that I was on the on the -- get together with them and you know. I can't go at those walking. Toward the start line to cheer on other people who we're finishing and I think that's the greatest part of that. -- to get to theater and I'm excited and and ran that slant and yet going toward the finish line. I heard. Allowed explosions. Heard in Ireland. And I -- way. Got out there and tactically. And where are starting to -- from where it finished -- out toward where. Luckily you got a chance to call your father right away a lot of fuel didn't get an opportunity because -- -- a frantic situation that's going on. What did you see eighty your dad at the time to get a chance talked to. I was terrified and I hung up with my friend and I immediately called my father and I expect that I have no idea what's going on I just heard explosions I'm pretty -- I was crying on the and I think you need to look on the -- and Tommy what it is. And then I was completely. Panicked. And I say and just started walking away from them. The and I looked around I thought I mean I was filed a big buildings and not have to just keep walking away from us and I just kept going. Torre. Out outside of the immediate downtown area and it it just -- out. I mean just you know when did you. Feel like something wasn't right you heard the first explosion and I think fifteen seconds later was the second one was at that second one when you're like OK something's not right he. I think it was the second -- -- it sounded like it had been anything that I had heard before learn and it didn't found the car backfiring someone spending he was a transformer. Exploding like that I've heard before and telling Amy could have been but when I saw people running. And looking frantic and ask them. Everyone kind of stopped being looking very perplexed that was probably not -- we ever in fear of your life. I was very panicked when it happen and I don't know if I was in fear of my Iowa I think I was just so you know. Going -- I was a little bit in shock I think I am. Was very -- and I was. Very aware. Began large buildings around me and if these whereupon I think what were they trying to get -- to get. As far away from this buildings. I think I was more. Panic because I was five I was had not yet met up with friends with me later so I kind of self. I'm trying to get somewhere and that part it's -- with the scary for me thing I've been in touch with people or where to go or what to do you. Clearly from. Listen to the president and the FBI. This is a terror event the question I think many people wanted to know from people experience it is your marathon runner. Will you do it again and now when you are in public places does this change how you go about your daily life. If they're really. It's a really good question. I -- I think you know. Part of the thinking part of what I love about running marathons is that anybody can do and it's a -- gathering -- I mean this -- -- -- -- again and Aaron from around the world from across the country. And I am. You know I I -- You know of course -- run another marathon and I I would even do Boston again I mean that I just think it's so. Horrific that. It's it's now going to be a place that is. -- thought of as a target but there's going to be have to increase security act and holiday things when usually. Speculate and in Boston it's a sad day when everybody in the community comes together -- -- and you know knowing that workers schooler. Things like that and and you know I am I winning at a I would not run again because I think that would be. Giving in to -- -- look at -- you sure this -- 2013. Boston Marathon when you put this shirt back on again whenever that is. What is going to be the first thing you think about. You know when I when I put it on today I had read a lot of posts about everyone should Wear their shirt today in honor. Everybody and Bob and in the marathon and that's an injury and you know I usually -- just use either their regular running sure I don't know it's that really it's a related question but it was nice today even at the aircraft -- coming over just to see everybody. In there marathon. -- -- much more quiet in the heat and it has had been last year and that it was just in the community. I'm feeling that everybody was kind of rally around it. -- in with this. Yesterday while we saw terror. Tragedy we saw the American spirit once again. Coming to the forefront watching people not just run away people were running towards in helping what would you remember most about what happened yesterday. You know having Adam. Having not know quite -- is going nine I was really struck by people who and having -- -- myself in those moments I was really struck by people who are trying to help. -- help everyone out I know I was. I'm walking you wonder action there is stamina liking to go find your family it's a family meeting and that's like now. But an and then another group -- like you're just gonna keep walking with us and tell. We figure out where to go and I went into a restaurant with my phone battery was -- -- the people there. I'm in by -- and they -- -- kept the computers. On everything in that that theory you know either. -- and restaurant wearing you know inviting people to sit with them and you know you know Guinea tees and greens and just constantly checking and then and thought that was really great I -- thing. And to of course see all of us stories about people who cross the finish line and then when he gave -- turned right around London and went back and how I thought was really unbelievable. -- behalf of all of -- were glad your safe. And we hope this doesn't deter you. From running another marathon especially going back to Boston thanks so much thinking. CSN Washington dot com.