Hornell native crosses finish line when explosions went off

Posted at: 04/15/2013 11:11 PM
By: Amanda Ciavarri

There were still people running in the race when those bombs went off. One Steuben County native, just crossed the finish line, when the explosions happened.

It was Kirsten Ripple's first-ever marathon. Her family was in the crowd cheering her one and seconds after she crossed the finish line, the two explosions went off.

The Hornell native had just finished her first marathon ever. She had just passed a camera when she heard what she says sounded like a cannon.

Ripple said, “I felt the pressure of it, it kind of pushed me forward. I could hear things falling. I had no idea what had happened, so I just ducked underneath an overhang that was right there, cause there was debris flying and I just wanted to get out of the way. So I ducked understand and the second explosion went off. It was a bit of chaos. Some runners got freaked out and started running, then the crowd started running.”

Ripple says from then on she just tried to find her family and follow the advice of the dozens of police who rushed the scene.

Ripple said, “They told us to stay away from trash cans.”

She says this event will change how she looks at things.

Ripple said, “That's very scary especially with the public transportation, the subways, the busses, and everything in Boston. It makes you a little nervous to use those things.”

Ripple says, luckily, she told her family not to wait at the finish line for her. She figured there would be thousands of people there and they wouldn't be able to meet up after. So they were up the road about a block.
While Ripple knew her family was safe, she says her family was frantic cause they knew she was finishing at the moment the bomb went off. Thankfully, they are all safe.