Sister Madonna Buder, Spokane's own Iron-Nun, so nicknamed for her participation in Ironman triathlons, was nearing the finish line when the bombs went off in Boston Monday.
Buder, 82, was about a mile and a half from the finish line Monday afternoon when the bombs exploded. She said she really didn't know what was going on, except that she was getting passed by fast moving cars, emergency vehicles and ambulances.
Buder and the other runners on the course were then told to get up onto the sidewalk and detoured away from the finish line area.
"For the first time in my life I know what it's like to be a refugee. All I had was the clothes on my body," she said.
At one point she wasn't sure she was going to run in Boston but friends say Sister Buder felt the need to be there. Once they heard what happened, friends said they knew she would be helping and praying with others.
While other runners came home from Boston over the last few days, Buder headed to New Orleans, where she's preparing herself for a 70.3 mile half Ironman this weekend.