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A close call for a Hastings teacher in the Boston Marathon

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By: Kayla Bremer
kbremer@klkntv.com

The Boston Marathon two weeks ago was Stacy Shaw's fourth full marathon.  She had just crossed the finish line when the first bomb exploded.

Stacy Shaw sat with her students Monday afternoon and watched them compete in their 5th grade track meet.  The teacher from Hastings, Neb. was in the opposite position two weeks ago when people were watching and cheering for her in the Boston Marathon.

"There's people all along the sides which I was just like in awe," Shaw said.

Ten days before she ran the 26.2 mile route, Shaw could barely walk and was diagnosed with severe tendentious.  Determined to run in Boston, she ran, limped and walked her way, fighting through the pain.  Just as she crossed the finish line, the first bomb exploded.

"I kind of thought it was a cannon.  I'm like oh wow, do they do some kind of celebration then as soon as I turned around, I saw the smoke."

Shaw says at that point no one knew what was happening.  The volunteer workers handed her her medal and directed them to keep moving when they heard the second explosion.

"That's when we all knew, ok it's something.  so I kind of looked side to side, I'm thinking where's the next one going to happen so that's what's kind of going through your head."

Shaw was officially the 17,580th and slowest finisher before marathon officials shut down operations.

Her students were among the many tracking her progress during the marathon.  She says they were thrilled and relieved when she returned to the classroom three days later unharmed.

"You have to live out your dreams.  You can't let fear stop you and that's what I basically told them when I got back."

Shaw says she already has plans to run in next year's Boston Marathon.

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