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Marathon runner back in the race

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By Dana Griffin

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FOXBORO, MA- "It was a spectacular day. It was sunny, and the perfect temperature. The whole time I was thinking how great my legs felt, what a great day it was," said Andrea Ambs.

Ambs crossed the Boston Marathon finish line exactly 4-seconds before the first bomb went off.

"I thought a speaker had blown. I thought it was just a piece of equipment so I wasn't too worried at that point. When I heard the second one, I knew. I just had this feeling that this was bad, bad news," said Ambs.

Andrea was told to keep moving. She was given a blanket, and later met up with her husband who was among the spectators.

That day was also their 13th wedding anniversary; they canceled their celebratory plans and went home in a state of shock.

Andrea has always kept the victims in her heart. As a way to connect to those who've lost limbs and loved ones, she's running again and making a statement: fear has no place in America.

Ambs adds, "When bad things happen, and I don't think they'll stop happening but when they happen, we are strong enough to over come it.”

Security sweeps are underway to make sure nothing goes wrong during this year's race.

Andrea adds that when she nears the finish line on Monday, she will be sending up her prayers and gratitude for being able to run again.

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