Kansans running in Boston Marathon talk about explosion

Jonathan Goering

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WICHITA, Kansas — More than a 100 runners taking part in the Boston Marathon are from Kansas, and so far, none have been injured in Monday’s explosion.

“I couldn’t believe what I was hearing at first,” says Dr. Christopher Rupe of Salina. “The first one happened, and I was just about ten yards away. At first I thought it sounded like part of the spectator grandstand falling apart.  But it was really, really loud. And then when I heard the second noise, I thought it was a bomb. I was probably about ten yards from there so I ran away a little bit. But there was some extremity injuries that came. I went to a medical tent to help out.”

Jonathan Goering of Wichita also ran in the marathon.

He is okay, but he says he went through some absolutely terrifying moments.

His mom and dad were going to the finish line right when the explosions happened, and for a time with all the chaos at the marathon, Jonathan wondered if they were even still alive.

“And they went back to the finish line to buy some merchandise. And there were some barricades keeping spectators from getting to that point so they turned around and started walking back and they got about three or four blocks when they heard the explosions,” said Jonathan.

Jonathan and his wife plan on staying at the hotel and may get out tonight before flying back to Wichita Tuesday.

Rupe is wondering what comes next.

“Will we be able to fly home Tuesday?’ asked Rupe. “I don’t know. I know there are police everywhere. The city looks like it’s on lockdown.”

 

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