The city of Boston is recovering after two bombs exploded during the Marathon, killing three people and injuring more than 170. Thousands of people, from Boston and around the world, were there when the bombs went off – those who came to run and those who came to cheer them on. This is the place to share your stories. Did you attend the Marathon or do you know someone who was there? What happened? How are you feeling now?
It's hard because here's a day you're celebrating, and now you're going to worry before any event - is something going to happen?
Kristen Paskevich Lab worker, Children's Hospital
It was terrifying; I was hysterical. Everybody was crying and screaming and police were pushing us. People were hiding under buses and panicking and trying to wedge themselves between buildings. It was just chaos.
Rebecca Roche Boston Marathon runner
A few friends and I were right in the middle of the two explosions. The first one went off to my left, and realizing something was terribly wrong, [I] turned to run to my right only to be met with another explosion right in front of me. I have never been so scared.
Hayley Ryan At the marathon
A police officer in the standard neon yellow they wear for the marathon walked into the middle of the course and held up his hands. For thousands of runners, they could not believe their eyes. Less than five minutes from the finish line and they were being told to stop. I snapped a picture of disoriented, woozy runners hunched over in pain.
Kevin Donovan At the marathon
People lying on the ground mangled, blood, glass shattered ... I've covered a lot of things and this is probably the worst thing I've ever seen.
David Abel Boston Globe reporter
There was sort of this beat where everybody in the emergency department sort of stopped for a second. And it was almost like you could hear each other breathing. And everybody looked at me and said
It was awful. It was tragic and awful. I finished - or I was about a half mile from the finish - and there was this crowd of people, we just couldn't keep running, we had no idea what was going on.
Morgan Burke First-time marathon runner
Fear, anger, sadness, inability to concentrate, irritability, exhaustion, confusion...
Jake DiMare WBUR Commenter
We talked, we hugged, we worried - together with the strangers among us - about all of you and the thousands like you running, and the spectators and the victims.
Caroline Lane At the marathon
The heat and concussive force hit me and for a second I couldn't hear anything. The ground shook and a huge fireball went up in the air ... I saw a guy running with his girlfriend in his arms, her jeans and legs torn apart and bleeding.
Tori Holmes-Kirk Hit by the blast