Chicago area runners share experiences at Boston Marathon

Chicago area marathoners are returning home from Boston to heightened security at O’Hare International Airport. runners return

So far there are no reports of any Chicagoans being among the casualties.

Runners arriving home to Chicago this morning seemed physically and emotionally exhausted, some still processing what happened.

Bob Hart of Hinsdale had already finished the race when the explosions went off.  He was celebrating at a restaurant with his family just two blocks away.

“I’m relieved.  I’m very tired and I’m just looking to get some rest,” Hart said.  “I haven’t read much about what happened, so I’d like to, once more news comes out.”

Other Chicagoans were also nearby.  “I thought it was kind of eerie, like nobody really knew what was going on.  It was was very somber and quiet,” said runner Katy Gentile.

Frank Kuhlman was in the medical tent being treated for dehydration when most were cleared out.  “I saw one man in a wheelchair with two separate legs, so these were extremely severe injuries,” Kuhlman told WGN.

Jess Mescal of northwest Indiana was among the earliest finishers.  He says this year’s Boston Marathon will forever be a sad reminder of tragedy.

To honor those killed and injured yesterday the Chicago Area Runners Association is hosting a special unity run tonight.  It will start out at the Foster Avenue Beach House at 6 p.m.  All are welcome to take part.

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