There were about 27,000 runners in the Boston Marathon; of those, 527 were registered from Washington state, 132 were from Seattle. But there were also tens of thousands of spectators there, cheering on their family and friends.

Today, many of those runners are letting their loved ones know they are safe, including one woman from Bellevue who says her illness may have saved her live.

By all accounts, fitness writer and avid runner Nicole Nazzaroo of Bellevue should have been at the finish line when the first blast happened. She had bronchitis and was not at full strength.

If only I had had a good race, I would have finished that race right when that bomb went off, I did the math, when I crossed the starting line if I had run a four-hour marathon, which would have been a great time for me, said Nazzaroo.

Like most of Nazzaroo's races, her husband Andor waits at the finish line, but had not yet arrived because she was still four miles back when the bombs went off.

Your whole mindset changes to, Ok where is my husband, she said. I mean seriously, that was my very first thought. Who knows where my husband would have been. It s a horrible feeling.

That feeling was echoed through baggage claim at Sea-Tac Airport overnight. Marathon runners returning to Seattle each have a similar story.

That was really the hard part. Just finding everybody, people that don t have cell phones because they're running, said one returning runner.

The runners returned home to find security stepped up at Sea-Tac too. Airport officials say they are responding to the attack in Boston with increased visibility in the public areas.

As for Nazzaroo, the race, her time, is no matter.

Your mind just completely changes and it s not about a marathon anymore, she said.

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