Urbandale runner Kimberly Baeth was only .2 miles away from the finish line at the Boston Marathon when she was stopped by police and race officials.
“They just stopped us on the road, and none of us knew what was going on,” she said. “The further back you were the less you knew. Then we started seeing ambulances, police cars – just hundreds of them.”
She then learned that two explosions had gone off near the finish line.
“It was more Kevin (her husband) that I was worried about,” she said. “On a good day I would be coming in around four hours, but I knew today I would be coming in between four and four and a half hours. I knew he would be waiting for me at the finish line.”
After waiting around 40 minutes, Baeth said race directors allowed runners, who had between .2 and .4 miles left, to finish the race away from the explosions.
Then Baeth searched for her husband. “I was trying to find Kevin at our hotel…Everyone was kind of running around dazed and confused,” she said. “When I got to the hotel, he was in the lobby. I just broke down crying because you don’t know what could have happened if he had picked a differnt place to stand.”
Baeth said she also could have been running right next to the explosions had she not taken a restroom break. “I usually push for my best time but I had stopped twice to use the restooms so I killed five to eight minutes standing in line,” she said. “Had I not stopped, I would have been there.”
The blasts injured dozens of spectators and killed at least three people, leaving many wondering who is behind the tragic event.
However, Baeth said she believes the Boston people will bounce back from the horrific event.
“The Boston people have a lot of pride in their city,” she said. “Everything is beautiful, prestigious and historic – they take a lot of pride in that. I don’t think they will let this event hurt them.”