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Monday, 15 April 2013 21:40

BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) — A North Dakota woman who finished the Boston Marathon just minutes before two bombs exploded Monday said she was in in disbelief and called the experience "surreal."

Julie Jeske, 51, was about two blocks away getting food when two bombs exploded in the packed streets near the finish line. Authorities said at least three people were killed and more than 100 were injured.

"All of a sudden I'm standing there and I hear this loud boom and then another boom right afterwards," she told The Associated Press. Smoke began to billow, she said, but she stayed away so emergency responders could attend to the injured.

"It was absolutely surreal. I think all of us were in total disbelief that this was taking place," she said.

Getting word out to concerned family and friends was difficult. Jeske, who is vice president of community services at St. Alexius Medical Center, said she was unable to send or receive any cellphone messages, but a friend with whom she was running was able to post to Facebook that they were OK.

Jeske said she was among 17 runners from Bismarck competing in the race, and that all of those runners are OK.

Jeske, who was competing in her fourth Boston Marathon, said security is usually never a concern for her. During the race, she noticed several officers standing around mile 23 or 24 and thought it was a bit strange.

Jeske said she is now questioning her plans to run the New York City Marathon later this year.

"It does kind of make me rethink the bigger races. I love Boston. I love the Boston Marathon. I have plans to do New York in November, but I may be rethinking them."

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