Several dozen runners from the Mid-South were in Boston for the marathon and some were close when the bombs exploded.
Marathoner Angie Zinkus made it back to Memphis Monday night. She was in a cab headed to Logan Airport when it happened.
"It sounded like a big boom and you kind of thought ... I just looked at my cab driver and I was like 'that wasn't good' and then to have a second one go off I was just like, 'oh this isn't good," Zinkus said.
Zinkus finished her first Boston Marathon earlier in the day. She is an elite runner and was the top female finisher in the December 2012 St. Jude Memphis Marathon.
She witnessed the chaos in the aftermath.
"I could see people coming from where the explosion came and just senses of horror that they wanted to get out of there quickly," Zinkus said.
Heather Duley of New Albany, Miss., was one of those people rushing away from the scene. She had just finished the marathon and was meeting with her family.
"We were just one block away," Duley said. "I had just finished and my mother and sister had been right there and had just left the area to come and meet me and we all just ... everybody in the area just stopped and knew. You just knew that it wasn't ... that something bad had just happened."
Word of the blast spread quickly through the Mid-South's tight-knit running community.
"Your thoughts immediately go to all of those people that you just know from seeing them at the running store or out on the trails," marathon coach Kevin Leathers said. "It was just surreal. Something you never expect to happen"
Leathers was at home tracking two of his runners through the course when he saw what happened. He has run the Boston Marathon in the past and he said it is the pinnacle of the sport.
"Everybody's out. It is festive and it is a carnival," he said. "It is all built around these marathoners from around the world so it is definitely the biggest event in Boston every year."
Zinkus is glad to be home but she said her thoughts are with the people of Boston. Many of them lined the race course cheering the runners on.
"They take so much pride in this race and it is just devastating that this happened to them," Zinkus said.
Zinkus told FOX13 News she will run the Boston Marathon again.