Posted at: 04/16/2013 12:21 PM
Updated at: 04/16/2013 1:31 PM
By: Erica Zucco, KOB Eyewitness News 4
Albuquerque runner Beth Ulibarri finished her first Boston Marathon Monday.
Just fifteen minutes later, she heard the blasts.
"Shock and fear and... Were there more coming?" she said when asked about her initial reaction.
She was on the phone with her husband at the time, having just finished the race.
She was taking photos and sticking around - taking some time to "soak it all in."
Minutes later, the tragedy struck.
Despite the pain of the event, though, Beth says her love for the running community was strengthened- and she will be back to Boston next year. That will fall on her birthday.
"This would not deter me from running another race or coming back to Boston," Ulibarri said. "Runners are a resilient bunch for sure."
She said even after, she felt the spirit of the iconic Boston marathon.
"Certainly during the race but even mor eso now, afterwards, the community of runners coming together as well as the entire city of Boston," Ulibarri said.