Bixby Woman Crosses Boston Marathon Finish Line Half An Hour Before Explosion
Molly Ryan is back home in Bixby after crossing the finish line in Boston just half an hour before the second blast.
This was her third year to run the race. She finished with a time of 3:14:55, which is faster than she hoped.
She says she crossed the finish line, found her husband Wayne and they started to leave downtown. That's when her sister-in-law called and asked in a hushed tone if they were OK.
"I know that was strange for her to speak to me that way," Molly says. Then they got the bad news of the second explosion near the finish line.
A few minutes later, they saw emergency vehicles come down the side road where she and Wayne were driving. "Then it became real to me," Molly says.
Usually, Molly and Wayne take the subway, but this year, they decided to rent a car. That means they got out of downtown a lot more quickly.
"All of those 'what-ifs' go through your head at that point because you're in a little bit of disbelief that this is going on, and you want to get to the TV and the news as quickly as you can to see if it's true, if it's for real," Molly says. "I don't know why it happened when it did, but if it had been 30-40 minutes sooner, it could've been Wayne affected by [the explosion]."
Molly says it was unnerving to see all the coverage on TV. "I've never been this close to something so real," she says. "It's kind of a struggle. I think that's why I feel very angry, because I spent the last few days trying to grab my emotions and make it understandable in my head. The more I watch the news, the angrier I get because it doesn't seem right."
She says nothing seemed out of the ordinary when she crossed the finish line. Police officers and volunteers were lined up shoulder-to shoulder. "You never once felt unprotected; they were everywhere."
She says she will definitely run the race next time. "I don't want anyone to tell me what I can and cannot work for as far as what I go and do."
She says she hopes the race will not lose its prestige just because of some "senseless act." "I don't think anyone who trains for any marathon or sporting event that they're involved in should be afraid, otherwise we won't achieve anything."
Molly says she hopes the Boston Marathon will continue to be the amazing marathon that it is.
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