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Boston Marathon: Stories of Survival

Updated: Tuesday, April 16 2013, 07:14 AM EDT

Three people including an 8-year-old boy were killed Monday when a set of bombs went off at the Boston Marathon. More than 120 people were injured. The president is calling it an act of terror.

Eleven runners from Asheville registered for the race, according to the official marathon website.

Mary Koppenheffer and her son escaped tragedy Monday by just a few minutes. Koppenheffer and her son were set to meet at the finish line. She was running slower than her usual pace. She was just about a half a mile out when the explosions happened. Her son was on the ninth floor of the Lennox Hotel. The bombs detonated just outside the lobby doors at street level.

"He saw my time at the 40 k point and stayed up in the hotel for a little bit longer and was just getting ready to come down and go to the finish when he heard the explosions," said Koppenheffer.

Their hotel was evacuated, and when the race was shut down. Koppenheffer says spent about an hour trying to track down her son. An emotional reunion she will never forget. 

Koppenheffer says she will never again complain about running a slow race.

To check on runners you may know at the Boston Marathon, you can see where they last checked in, click here

Authorities have provided 617-635-4500 for people trying to locate family members. Any tips or information should be directed to 1-800-494-TIPS.

By Ashlea Surles
Follow Ashlea on Twitter @AshleaSurles

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