Local Runner Returns from Boston after Bombings

Posted at: 04/16/2013 6:58 PM
By: Brianna Long

(ABC 6 NEWS) -- There were dozens of runners in the Boston Marathon from southeast Minnesota, and it was a scary situation for everyone involved. The runners could hear the bombs, and were trying to figure out what was going on. Their families back home were trying to make sure their loved ones were ok.

"I heard a really loud boom and people started to cry next to me," said runner Maureen Jones. That boom turned out to be a bomb, and it went off just minutes after Jones finished her sixth Boston Marathon.     

"I wasn't sure what was going on. It was the smoke and the loud noise and everything shook," said Jones.

Her first thought was worry. Worry for her family, waiting for her on the sidelines, and worry for her fellow Rochester runners. Runners like Allison Benike, a teacher at Dover-Eyota Elementary School.

"She did send out an email to all of the students saying that she was ok," said Jeanne Svobodny, the Dover-Eyota Elementary School Principal.

While Allison's students were worried for their teacher's safety, so was Ryan fallon. He's a senior at Lourdes High School, and was worried about his dad, another race runner.

"I tried to reach my mom a couple of times. Calls couldn't even go through, so I was just nervous," said Fallon.

For Jones, it was a tragedy that she is still having trouble understanding.

"My heart is broken today. It's even more real today than even yesterday when I was there," said Jones.

Just one of many broken hearts for the people who were affected by tragedy.

"It was very scary to think about what could have been and what was for some people. We're the lucky ones, because we're here.

Another big thing Maureen talked about was her gratitude to the first responders, and all of the people of Boston. She said people were offering up their beds, and many rushed to donate blood. Everybody was just coming together, trying to help each other out.