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April 16, 2013

Marathoner’s friends ‘scared to death’

Gallatin, Tenn. —

Monday’s horrific attack at the Boston Marathon left may glued to their computer screens and television as details unfolded through the chaos. 
But another layer of terror was added for those who had friends and loved ones at the event — whether they be running the course that sprawls across Boston and into the surrounding bedroom communities, or cheering someone on. 
“They were scared to death,” said Charlie Taylor, 54, an avid runner, about his several friends who’d made the trip to Boston to participate in the race. “You just ... they just didn’t know what was going on.”
Taylor, a Gallatin, Tenn. resident and Somerset native, watched the 117th Boston Marathon throughout the day Monday, cheering his fellow runners on as they crossed the finish line. Just before 3 p.m., Taylor received a text from a friend and a fellow runner who had finished the marathon already.
“He texted and said ‘What’s going on? We heard booms and we’re at the hotel and they won’t let us leave.’”
Taylor’s friend was at the Lenox Hotel, situation right on Boylston Street in Boston near the finish line of the renowned race. The Lenox is also located between the locations of two explosions that went off almost simultaneously — around 10 seconds apart — at around 2:50 p.m. Monday.
Taylor ran the marathon in 2012, and he said the 26-mile race, a flagship event for Boston’s Patriot’s Day festivities, is heavy on spectators and participants.
“There’s a million people watching the Boston Marathon,” said Taylor. “There’s not one spot on that course that isn’t 10 people deep.” 
Still, the timing of Monday’s attack may have yielded the smallest silver lining: Because the race was within its fourth hour, there were fewer people who lined the race course than there could have been. 

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