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Chance leaves five runners forever linked

They were strangers before Monday’s Boston Marathon and they are strangers today. But Howard Mayes, Demi Clark, and Mary Jenkins are now linked indelibly to what happened at 2:49 p.m. on that day. At the precise moment when the first bomb exploded on Boylston Street, these runners, a retired teacher from Missouri, a health coach from South Carolina, and a quality control investigator from Ohio, took their final steps across the finish line.

The amateur and professionally recorded videos of the first explosion, along with those final steps to the painted strip by the staggered and shocked runners, have become the iconic, moving image of the bombing, watched by millions on YouTube and shared, posted, and tweeted around the world.

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