JHU senior recalls fear, chaos after Boston Marathon explosions

Kathryn Ledwell completed race moments before blasts near finish area

The Baltimore Sun published a story on its website earlier today that recounts the stories of Marylanders at the Boston Marathon, including that of 22-year-old Johns Hopkins University senior Kathryn Ledwell, who completed Monday's race moments before two explosions near the finish line of the 26.2-mile course.

Ledwell was unharmed by the twin blasts, which left three people dead and more than 150 injured, according to the most recent information provided by Boston police.

"Honestly, the fact that I just completed a marathon was immediately gone from my mind. I didn't even think about it," Ledwell told The Sun. "My body obviously could tell, but that wasn't what was going through my mind at all. My immediate fear was that there were going to be more [explosions], and that they would be coming toward me."

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Ledwell, a native of Prince Edward's Island in Canada, is a piano performance major at Johns Hopkins who also works at the Music Entrepreneurship & Career Center at the Peabody Institute. She was running her first marathon Monday, raising money for the charity Back on My Feet, a nonprofit that has chapters in Baltimore and Boston and pairs volunteers with homeless people for running and exercise partnerships.

Friends and family members who had supported her in her fundraising efforts were tracking her progress in the race online, she said. When the bombs exploded, they knew she was right near the finish line.

"They knew my projected finish time was right around when the bombs went off, but the cell service went down, so they were all freaking out," she said.

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