Boston Marathon explosion: University of Mobile coach offers first-hand reports from scene

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Alastair Stevenson is thankful he was able to finish the Boston Marathon in the time he did.

Had he not, the tragic circumstances unfolding in downtown Boston might have personally affected him.

"My wife, Melanie, was sitting in the same exact spot (where the explosion occurred) for five hours," Stevenson, cross country coach for both the men's and women's teams at the University of Mobile, said today. "She got up and left when I finished the race. Had I run slower, it might have been a different ball game."

Stevenson, 37, ran and completed his first Boston Marathon, leaving the scene once his race was over so he could get a shower. He and his wife were returning to the finish line area when two blasts went off killing two people and reportedly injuring at least 28.

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