Stagner, who left Boston Logan Airport Monday evening on a flight delayed about two hours, said, “Watching the news now, about three-fourths of what I heard [Monday] is not true. It’s real tragic about that little boy,” referring to the death of Martin Richard, 8, who was at the finish line to cheer on his father. His mother was hospitalized while his sister reportedly lost a leg in the first blast.
Stagner said his group was at the top of the marathon’s so-called “Heartbreak Hill,” near Boston College in Newton, Mass. He said they were about 5 miles from the blast.
“We couldn’t feel or hear anything,” he said of the blasts. “There are so many people running and they had friends on the side who were screaming [for the runners] and we couldn’t hear anything.”
“We were watching for Felicia to come by and just before she came up we could see police officers jumping on motorcycles and running downhill,” he said.
“Felicia came up [and continued running the course] by the time we realized something had happened,” said Stagner, which he estimated at about 15 minutes after people around him first talked about the explosions.
Stagner added that he saw law enforcement from the many towns around Boston rushing by.
“Traffic was terrible all over town,” he added. “A lot of people were trying to get out of town.”
Scott left Boston Logan International Airport Tuesday, around 1:30 p.m. Eastern time. She called the atmosphere at the airport “pretty normal.” But she added that the Boston Police Department staffed the airport with investigators “asking runner questions if they knew anything.”
Other runners quickly posted messages to friends and family to let them know of their safety, including Willow Park’s Greg Takacs.
“Thinking of all the people who were killed and hurt in yesterday’s events,” Takacs wrote on his Facebook page Tuesday morning, one day after posting that he was OK following the aftermath.