The explosion at the Boston Marathon rippled throughout the country Monday night. Horrible pictures affected anyone like me who had ever run a marathon. Lots of South Florida runners were affected. A couple of examples:
The New Yorker is quoting Ken Bereski, from Miami, who had just finished his 12th Boston Marathon.
"I crossed the finish about two minutes before they went off," Bereski said. ("I'm counting my blessings right now that I finished two minutes ahead of where I was hoping to finish," he added later.) "I was still in the chute, just down by the water. I didn't see anything. I heard the explosions loud and clear... After the first one, people just shook it off. Then there was a second one. That's when everyone, myself included, realized something wasn't right."
He continued, "They started pushing everyone to get out of the finish chute area. Props to the volunteers -- they managed to even keep that under control. It wasn't a mad house. People were obviously rushing, but it was under control. People were clearly distraught. People who were just behind me rushed by, and they actually saw what happened. People near me were talking about lost limbs."More »