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Stoughton marathoner returns after brush with explosions

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STOUGHTON (WKOW) -- Stoughton high school volunteer Bev Fergus is back helping students, still feeling the effects of coming within one hundred yards of the explosions at the Boston Marathon.

"I was just at the 26-mile mark," Fergus tells 27 News of the end of her Marathon run. "You didn't know where you could run to be safe."

The 51-year old personal trainer says she's unsure whether she felt the twin blasts, but says the sound of the explosions was tremendous. Within close sight of the finish, Fergus tells 27 News police officers appeared and frantically directed her and a knot of participants to turn around and run.

Text alerts on Fergus' progress on the race course had been periodically going out to several dozen Stoughton High School students, including her 17-year old son Max.

"They knew I was rounding the bend, coming into the finish," Bev Fergus says.

But when the explosions occurred and the text messages from Boston ceased, Fergus' social media followers were panicked, with more than seventy, frantic text messages piling up on Fergus' phone in a gear bag on an off-site bus.

"I texted her to see if she was all right," Stoughton High junior Nathan Dhuey says. "That was my main concern, if she was all right."

Max Fergus and the rest of the Stoughton High golf team were on a course in a tournament as the Boston violence unfolded. Fergus' father asked the coach to allow Fergus to complete his round before informing him of the explosions, and the attempts to reach his mother.

Fergus was a spectator for his mother's previous, two Boston Marathons, but could not attend this year.

"I wish I would have been there to be with her right after it happened," Fergus tells 27 News.

But his mother considered her family's absence from the ranks of the marathon spectators a blessing.

"I cannot tell you how grateful I am that my family wasn't there," Bev Fergus says.

"I can't stand to think of the families that are dealing with injuries, or worse."

While Fergus was perilously close to the blasts, she tells 27 News the chaotic scene leaves her little memory of objects, suspicious people or any other information of possible value to investigators.

Fergus says after the explosions, people along the race course gave her cell phones to try to reach loved ones, and a blanket. Fergus says one Bostonian escorted her for forty-five minutes to help her navigate the many barricaded streets to her hotel.

Max Fergus hopes his mother and other race participants will not give up on the Boston Marathon.

"The victims of it especially would want everyone to run again."

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