Local Runners And Their Families Describe Boston Marathon Explosions

By: Parrish Alleman Email
By: Parrish Alleman Email

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Monday, April 15, 2013

Of the 139 Kansans that ran in the Boston marathon, more than a dozen of them were from the Wichita area.

Brad Clothier's daughter, Ashley had just finished the Boston Marathon for the first time.

"We were actually at the park, just leaving the main area where the finish line was,” Brad Clothier said.

Jack Marvin had just crossed the finish line for the sixth time in his life.

"We were all standing, looking the direction of the finish line,” Jack Marvin said.

Then, back to back explosions rang out near the finish line the two runners had just crossed.

"We heard one explosion. Then 10 seconds later, a second explosion. Everybody stopped and kind of turned around and thought 'What in the world was that,' because it was so loud,” Clothier said.

"And there was a huge plume of smoke and everybody just started freaking out and some women were crying,” Marvin said.

Back in Wichita, Sammy Lane spoke with his wife Amber seconds after she finished the Boston Marathon. At that time everything was fine.

"I said, 'You know when you relax and let the adrenaline burn off give me a call when you have some time.' And next thing you know I'm getting all these phone calls and messages, 'Is Amber OK?' and I had no idea what was going on,” Sammy Lane said.

Lane tried to get a hold of his wife but none of his calls would go through.

“You know you're just hoping she's alive basically,” Lane said.

Lane says he spoke with his wife a few hours after the explosions. She and the other local runners we spoke with were safe and unhurt.

"We're just thankful she's not one of the people that got hurt and we think about the people that did you know. Prayers go out to their families as well,” Lane said.

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