Runners left on course pull together

Updated: April 16, 2013, 8:25 AM ET
By Scott Barboza | ESPNBoston.com

BOSTON -- Marathon Monday started for Emma Sparta-Burk the same way it did for many Bostonians. She and two friends, Kristina Kwan and Julie Byko, secured a table on the second floor of a Boylston Street restaurant to get a view of the finish line and enjoy a day off.

Then there were two loud pops and a cloud of smoke.

"People were running away because debris was coming into the restaurant," Sparta-Burk said. "They started evacuating and some people ran out the back door. ...

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