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Va. Marine who ran in Boston Marathon feels lucky to be alive

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Fred Glencamp Fred Glencamp

Marine Corps Major Fred Glencamp of Woodbridge, Va., wasn't feeling well and was off his pace at the Boston Marathon. He says it was a good thing because if he had been running at his normal speed, he would have been near the finish line when the explosions went off.

Back home now, his muscles are aching, but he says his heart goes out to those who died and the injured.

Glencamp tells FOX 5 he was 200 meters from the finish line when he heard the first explosion. He said he thought it was some type of celebration until he saw the fireball from the second blast. Then, he says, it was pandemonium. People were screaming and running around in chaos trying to get out of the way of arriving police and fire vehicles.

The major has done tours of duty in Afghanistan and Iraq. He says as a supply officer, he never saw anyone killed.

His wife, LaTonya, and 18-year-old daughter, Shylur, say they were frantic when they first heard about the bombings.

LaTonya is a nurse and was at her job when she found out. Shylur says was on her laptop and found out through Facebook. She says she worries about her father when he's away at war, but didn't expect something like the bombings to happen on our own soil.

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