Greenville runner shaken but OK after Boston Marathon explosions


Posted by Elisabeth Waldon • Last Updated 9:24 am on Tuesday, April 16 2013

Jeramy Duffield of Greenville catches his breath just after crossing the finish line of the Boston Marathon today. Shortly after he finished the race, a series of explosions went off at the finish line. — Photo by Tiffany Duffield

 

BOSTON — When Jeramy Duffield crossed the finish line at the Boston Marathon, he got a little teary-eyed.

“It’s every runner’s dream to cross the finish line at the Boston Marathon,” he said.

Just moments after, Jeramy and his wife, Tiffany, both of Greenville, experienced strong emotions of another sort.

According to The Associated Press, two explosions went off near the finish line of the legendary race Monday afternoon, about two hours after winners had crossed the finish line. Official numbers have not yet been finalized, but there are confirmed reports of dead and injured people.

Jeramy Duffield, 32, a computerized numeric controls machinist who works in Grand Rapids, and Tiffany Duffield, 34, the fitness manager at Snap Fitness in Greenville, are currently holed up at a brownstone house about half a mile away from the finish line. They were getting something to eat at a little sandwich shop just after Jeramy finished the race when the explosions went off.

“I have had an emotional roller coaster today,” Tiffany said. “You wake up with this excitement that no matter what happens he’s going to cross the finish line of the Boston Marathon, which is the holy grail of running. We were literally no sooner than just having walked away from the finish line and then there was an explosion.”

Tiffany had VIP access to seating at the finish line. Jeramy finished the race with a time of 3:36:31. Tiffany can’t help but wonder what if he had finished a little later.

“My mind is just what if, what if, what if,” she exclaimed. “This is crazy. This is the Boston Marathon. You’ve got to have something wrong with you to bomb the Boston Marathon.”

Jeramy said after the explosions were heard, everything started moving fast.

“It was nothing but people running around and sirens everywhere,” he said. “I’m feeling a little shaken up and crazy right now. It’s insane to say the least.

“After I had heard what had gone on, I just felt complete disgust,” he said. “People train about 20 weeks, five months for the race. It’s a once in a lifetime experience. For this to happen is just unthinkable.”

Jeramy said local law enforcement officials are doing a good job responding to the incident, as far as he can tell.

The Duffields were planning on returning to Greenville on Tuesday morning. Now flights have been canceled and they don’t know how long they will be stranded in Boston. But they are thankful to be alive.

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