Dara Dalmata, 36, of Hopkinton, who is 6 months pregnant and was running alongside her husband for just the last mile of the race to support him. (She's run 3 marathons before this year.) They were on Boylston Street together when they saw the fireball about 500 feet ahead of them.
"There was one woman freaking out that she couldn't finish. We were just happy we were alive," said Dara Dalmata.
Her husband is Tim Dalmata, 35, Hopkinton resident running the marathon for the first time. One of his first thoughts was "Feet, don't fail me now."
As some runners turned to run back at them, others, unaware there was an explosion, kept coming from behind. The Dalmatas stopped running and got off the course.
Tim had blisters and foot problem during the race, which forced him to walk a few times. His wife, after the explosion, said they might have been closer to the explosion if they hadn't paused.
"I'm very glad he had those problems. We could have been somewhere else," she said.