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Two members of Minnesota’s legal community had a close call April 15 when they finished the Boston Marathon shortly before bombs exploded at the finish line.

Minnesota runners experience Boston blast

Hennepin County District Court Judge Jay Quam stopped at mile 17 of the Boston Marathon to take a photo with his daughter. (Submitted photo)

Two members of Minnesota’s legal community had a close call April 15 when they finished the Boston Marathon shortly before bombs exploded at the finish line.

Minneapolis lawyer Kristin Rowell, completing her 17th marathon, crossed the finish line about an hour before the explosion. Her parents had gone back to their hotel across the street, and they experienced the explosion and the evacuation, Rowell said.

“I love Boston. It’s sad that I’ll have to associate it with this event. It was a very, very emotional time,” Rowell said. But, undeterred, she will be heading to the Big Sur marathon in California on April 28.

Hennepin County District Court Judge Jay Quam completed his first Boston Marathon at 3 hours and 45 minutes.

Twenty minutes after he finished the race, he heard what he said sounded like two fireworks going off. He knew right away what was happening.

In an interview with City Pages, Quam said: “You knew it was an explosion, just because it couldn’t be anything else. Especially two of them. If it’s one, then maybe it’s a pipe thing or a gas leak, but when it’s two it’s pretty obviously a bomb.”

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