Zionsville Times Sentinel

April 17, 2013

Local marathoner describes scene after blasts

Greta Sanderson
Editor and publisher

Zionsville — Zionsville resident Clayton Kelly was one block and 25 minutes ahead of unthinkable terror Monday at the Boston Marathon that was marred by two explosions near the end of the race.

The explosions killed at least three people and injured dozens more. The Eagle Tribune (North Andover, Mass., a sister CNHI newspaper), reported that the explosions were just before the photo bridge near the finish line and Lenox Hotel and were apparently outside a building. A third explosion at the JFK Library near the finish line was found to be unrelated.

This was Kelly’s first time running the Boston Marathon, and he finished the race at 1:53 p.m. in a time of 3:48:25. He and his wife, Linda, were about a block away from the finish line warming up in a medical tent when they heard the two explosions close together just before 3 p.m.

“We didn’t feel it, we just heard it, and then we smelled it,” Kelly said. “They started breaking out more cots.”

That’s when the Kellys realized it was time to go.

“We just thought it best to leave the area so they could focus on the people who needed attention the most,” he said. The Kellys’ hotel was just a few blocks from the finish line, so they followed the Boston police commissioner’s advice to go to their hotel rooms and not congregate.

Victims of the blasts were being brought into the medical tent as they were leaving.

“They didn’t look too good,” Kelly said. “They were in shock and bloody.”

See Wednesday's Times Sentinel for the full story.