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Tacoma couple leaves celebratory finish line that later turns to terror at Boston Marathon

Post by Kari Plog / The News Tribune on April 15, 2013 at 2:14 pm with No Comments »
April 15, 2013 9:41 pm

By the time Jules McLawsen reached the finish line of the Boston Marathon, the atmosphere was peaceful. Finishing 3:35.18, celebratory crowds were cheering on finishers as they funneled in.

After heading back to her hotel, two bombs exploded near the finish line of the famed race Monday, killing three and injuring more than 140 others.

About two hours after the winners finished the race, the first explosion occurred at Boylston Street, about three blocks from where McLawsen and her husband, Greg, were staying.

Greg McLawsen said he didn’t hear anything from his hotel room, but was alerted by friends in Tacoma of the bombs. He walked toward to the finish line about fifteen minutes following the explosions, he said.

“When I walked up St. James there was a line of ambulances 2 blocks long all with their lights on,” Greg McLawsen said.

The McLawsens, of Tacoma’s Proctor District, are in Boston with a group from the Tacoma Runners Club.

Jules McLawsen couldn’t believe that this race would be the venue for something so horrible.

“This is extremely sad,” she said. “I thought ‘at the end of a marathon?’ It’s really unbelievable and shocking.”

Kari Plog: 253-597-8682

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