Her husband Stefan was at the finish line when his wife crossed -- just ten minutes before the explosions.
"I mean it's surreal in the sense of processing the images of the day -- thinking of the people we saw -- hoping and praying they're o.k. My wife was really shaken up. She had just been in that area and hearing what happened and the persepctive of seeing those faces of people who had rooted her on."
It was a local community effort to help raise the funds so Jen could run in the marathon.
Her employer, Century 21 paid her registration fee and other businsses and individuals help fund her trip to and from Boston.