MALTA, N.Y. – A local woman running the 2013 Boston Marathon was just feet away from the explosions with her video camera rolling.
On the one year anniversary, the woman said she is still shaken by the past but excited about the future.
Jennifer Treacy of Malta thought that just running in the Boston Marathon would be a memory to last a lifetime. She has no idea what would happen that day or that she would capture it on her tiny video camera.
"Yeah, I would take it out every couple of miles just to tape the crowd, tape the other runners, tape myself ," explained Treacy.
Everything was fun and fine until she got to her final steps in the 26 mile race.
"I was on Boylston Street, which is the same street that the finish line is on, and I could see it and I got my camera out cause I was all excited to be near the end and I tape myself saying, I can see the finish line and then I turned the camera to look at the finish line, to tape the finish line and that's when the explosion happened," Treacy recalled.
The video recording shows smoke and chaos, and Treacy made a split second decision that may have saved her life.
"I was 11 seconds from the finish line so I ran into a building after the first explosion, if I hadn't run into a building I would have been right at that second bomb," she said.
Treacy's family was supposed to be at the finish line. After calling her family four times, the cell phone finally rang. As she heard her the familiar voices, she knew they were okay.
Once the family found each other, it was in the car and out of town quick, not realizing what she had.
"We had no clue that I had it on tape til our ride home I said oh my God I think I caught the explosion on video camera," Treacy explained.
Since she never got to finish, Treacy was invited back to run this year's race. She explained that the event will give her closure.
"I think I have mixed emotions. I'm scared because my kids insist on going and I really don't want them to but I feel like at the same time it's gonna be a celebration in a way, that we're, ya know, still gonna race and go on living," Treacy said.