ALBANY, NY -- There are many in the Capital Region with local ties to the Boston Marathon, and many are concerned about the larger threats an attack like this represent.
Moments after the Boston marathon explosions Toni Rubino, a Troy native, and her boyfriend found themselves just 200 feet away from the first blast.
"I physically saw first explosion I turned around and started running to get to the other side of intersection," she told the NEWSCENTER.
Rubino was visiting Boston, there to support her friend Shelly who was running in the race for a kids cancer team.
"I haven't digested what happened to us and to be honest it was so scary to have two small children with us," said Rubino.
She had Shelly's two children in tow as they trekked from Fenway Park closer to the finish line to greet their runner at the end.
"It shook her young daughter. The first thing her young daughter said is 'did you feel that?'" Rubino said.
Rubino says if it hadn't been for the fact that they were held up earlier on their walk to the finish line, they would have been much closer to the explosion.
"All of a sudden it got very loud a lot of sirens, people running and law enforcement running toward the scene as we were trying to run away from it. We are all just here counting our blessings to be honest," Rubino said.
Security expert Rick Mathews says despite the top notch security at an event like the Boston Marathon, suspicious activity becomes difficult to spot at these event. "My instincts tell me the devices were brought in later in the event, when all the people were around," he said.
Rubino added, "It was like nothing like I could ever imagine, it was horrific."
Rubino is staying in the lobby of a Boston hotel for the night. She's not sure when she'll return home.