When the group of runners Scott was in was stopped, they were taken to a nearby church, where they could use their cell phones and wait until transportation came.
She said there was no heat in the church and temperatures Monday were in the 50s. Clothed in running tights, a short-sleeved running shirt and a ball cap, she said she got cold and sought a warmer place to wait.
“I met some kids who went to a college (nearby) and they walked me over to a Holiday Inn where it was warm,” she said. “They were really nice.”
The hotel where she was waiting helped her arrange for a taxi. She said they also set up a TV so people could watch the latest news, after two powerful bombs exploded near the finish line of the Boston Marathon, killing three spectators, including an 8-year-old boy, and injuring more than 170 people.
At this point, she said she was a bit “freaked out and I just wanted to get back to my hotel.”
Scott said most of the runners stopped at mile 22 were bussed to the Boston Commons – not quite a mile from the Copley Square finish line, where the bombings occurred.
In addition to Butch Stagner, Scott’s entourage included 18 friends and family, mostly from Weatherford, Brock, Mineral Wells and Arlington. They watched her run and cheered her on at the 17-mile and 21-mile marks along the historic marathon route. None of Scott’s crew were at the finish line where the explosions occurred, nearly 4 hours and 10 minutes into the race.
“I was kind of thankful I wasn’t a faster runner,” Scott said. “My mother would have been up there and we would have all been at the finish line. It’s weird how things work.”
“I was just thankful,” she said.