Quantico Marine Maj. Fred Glencamp was headed for the finish line at the Boston Marathon when a blast rang out.
“I was right there and I was coming toward the finish line when I heard the first explosion go off and saw the plume of smoke go up,” said Glencamp, a Woodbridge resident who was one of five Marines invited to run by the Massachusetts State Police.
Glencamp said he was feeling a little off his mark Monday, which he now feels was a blessing.
Boston officials say three people were killed and more than 100 injured as two bombs went off near the Boston Marathon’s finish line Monday afternoon.
“When I sat back and thought about where I would have been about a minute later, I felt it was just a blessing that I didn’t make my cut off time,” he said. “If I had made my cutoff time, I would have been right there.”
Glencamp said it was his first time at the Boston Marathon. After hearing that first blast, he kept running toward the finish line.
“When there was a second fireball and a blast, that’s when the people tried to start spilling out into the street,” he said. “I knew when I heard that second blast, it was not an accident. From a military standpoint, that is not something that just randomly happens. I got down and then I turned around because everyone started pushing backwards.”
Glencamp then cut over to the next street and paralleled the route.
“That’s when I saw they were taking people who were injured and were trying to attend to some of those injuries,” he said. “At that point, it was only people who had cuts on their legs and arms.”
“I was about 200 meters away,” he said. “Afterwards, it made me feel how blessed I was that I wasn’t in that kill zone. It was just a terrible scene. I will never forget it as long as I live.”
The explosions at the Boston Marathon occurred simultaneously about 50 to 100 yards apart along Boylston Street, Boston Police commissioner Edward Davis said during a news conference.
The FBI, ATF, Massachusetts State Police, and Massachusetts National Guard are all assisting in the investigation, which is being treated as a terrorist attack.
There were 654 registered runners from Virginia in the marathon, according to the race's website.
In all, at least 21 people from Prince William County, 20 from Loudoun and 82 from Arlington were registered to run.
Of the Prince William participants, two reported their hometown as Bristow, one from Dumfries, three from Gainesville, two from Haymarket, eight from Manassas and five from Woodbridge.
Among those, 10 were listed with finish times before the bombs detonated, two were listed with finish times after and nine had no finish times listed.
Eighteen Loudoun residents in the marathon had finish times listed, two did not. The residents were from Leesburg, Ashburn and Sterling.