After hearing about the explosions, which killed three people and injured more than 100, suddenly Burnside’s inability to make it to Boston was a blessing in disguise.
[Updated April 16, 2013 : This post was updated to reflect a higher number of casualities.]
“It very well could have saved my life,” she said. “The world, or whatever you believe in, was on my side today. It’s surreal.”
Burnside, who works as an actress and as a bartender at the Tonga Hut, was planning the trip to Boston with her best friend.
Canceling “was one of hardest decisions I’ve had to make,” she said. “Because I’ve worked so hard for it – to qualify is so hard to do.”
If the pair had gone, her friend would’ve likely been at the finish line waiting for her to cross at the time of the explosion, she said.
“I don’t understand what kind of person could do this to people who are so healthy and trying to better their lives,” she said. “It just doesn’t make any sense.”
According to Boston Marathon records, five other runners are from Burbank. Their conditions could not immediately be tracked down.
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