Tempe woman waits hours to hear sister is safe after Boston Marathon

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By Jennifer Thomas By Jennifer Thomas

TEMPE, Ariz. -- After a relaxing weekend away, Lindsay Travnicek spent much of Monday fearing for her sister's safety.

"Today, when I was back from vacation, I saw everything on Facebook. I called immediately and the phones were down," she said.

Kathy Travnicek has run the Boston Marathon before. The girls' mother was also in Boston to cheer Kathy on, but nearly three agonizing hours followed before Lindsay finally heard the news.

"I got a text from my mom that said, 'Don't worry, we're OK, we're just scared.'"

This afternoon, we spoke to Kathy from Boston.

"I had finished the race about 20 minutes before it happened and I was walking through two blocks of stuff to go through before you exit," she said.

Kathy was two blocks away when she heard the sound.

"I didn't actually know what it was," she said. "I knew it was something not right, and then when I turned and was looking down I saw a few seconds later ... people running away saying, 'Get out of here, get out of here!'"

Later, she learned why.

"A friend of mine texted me," Kathy said. "She's on the medical team and she said there was an explosion, 'Where are you at? Get out of there.'''

Kathy and her mother made it to safety and now hundreds of miles away in the Valley, Lindsay is breathing a sigh of relief.

"I feel much better, yes," she said.