The time on the clock when the first bomb went off was sometime after 4:09. The timing of this would place the bombings two hours after the front runners would have completed. It looked like Team Hoyt was finishing on the other side of the street right as the bomb went off. The stands would be filled with people supporting the common runners, many of whom would be running to support charities and non-profits. Running the marathon in 2006 and 2007 I was struck with the community wide support of this marathon with the streets lined with locals who make this point to point marathon so very special.
It is beyond sad, to realize someone timed these bombs to go off at this moment. My heart goes out to the obvious persons, the victims directly affected, but also to the middle and back of the pack runners whom had trained for years, raised thousands of dollars for charities, and who were just really good hearted people trying to make a difference in people's lives.
I called my cousin Toni who had hosted me in 2006 and 2007, and was relieved to hear her voice. Our good friends Jana and Dennis Spencer had just left the area ten minutes earlier and are safe. Our superintendent's son was down the street from the finish line supporting a friend who had just finished. My thoughts and prayers are for everyone, and especially those whose were harmed.
My heart goes out to the runners who are now trying to connect with their loved ones. It is chaotic at the finish when everything is perfect. Now, runners are stretched out for many miles along the route, trying to connect with their rides and loved ones.
The Boston Athletic Association gives so much of their time and effort it is unfathomable, how they feel at this moment.
This is a hard one to be merciful on towards the perpetrators.