San Diegans in Boston Marathon share their stories

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BOSTON — San Diego resident Ray Barrios was wearing his medal for finishing the Boston Marathon Monday as he was treated for dehydration a couple of blocks away from the finish line when the bombs went off.

“I just figured it was a powerline or something that exploded.  I really didn’t think much of it – didn’t have a reason to believe anything suspicious or bad happening,” said Barrios.

Boston Marathon Explosions AftermathSan Diegan April Warner crossed the finish line with her husband looking on.  They were about a block away when chaos erupted.

“We didn’t know what to do or where to go.  Everything in the city was shutting down.  There were police and SWAT teams coming from all directions.  It was extremely scary,” said Warner.

Dan Cruz with the San Diego-based Competitor Group, which also organizes the Rock n’ Roll Marathon series, was covering the race with a group of co-workers.

“It was certainly a frantic 45 minutes with intermittent cell phone use and pandemonium that was certainly taking over the area,” Cruz said. “Luckily, every colleague that we were in town with – including two of my co-workers who were running the race – were accounted for, were safe.”