Local runners were in Boston Marathon
Updated: Tuesday, April 16 2013, 10:51 PM EDT
KALAMAZOO, Mich. (NEWSCHANNEL 3) - About 100 runners from Michigan were in Boston for the race.
According to race logs there were 19 runners from Kalamazoo, 26 from Grand Rapids, 14 from Holland and two in Battle Creek.
We spoke with Jan Drake from Kalamazoo. She was standing near the finish line at the time of the first explosion.
Everyone we spoke with described the chaos, emergency crews rushing in while runners and their families were being told to leave.
Many of our local runners are still in shock over what they witnessed Monday.
Rebecca Wright and her husband Andy hopped the first flight they could out of Boston.
She had just finished the marathon minutes before the explosions went off and had just met up with her family in the family meeting area which is across the street from where the bombs were.
They told us they were hoping the explosions were part of construction that was happening near-by, but quickly realized they were just a block away from a terrorist attack.
"Probably because I just got done running a marathon I didn't feel it. My husband and brother and sister in law said the ground shook," said Rebecca Wright. "The first thing that popped into my mind was 9/11."
"It was dead silence and then after a while they had to clear everyone from the street and an ambulance drove through. That was the quickest way. There was no panic but everyone was scrambling trying to figure out how to get our of there," said Andy Wright.
And if running a marathon wasn't enough, Rebecca Wright says after the explosions she and her family had to walk two and a half miles to get to her brother's house so he could take them to the airport. They then hopped on a plane to get home.