Local runners OK after Marathon explosions

By on April 15, 2013

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Brandy Foreman and her family. (Facebook photo)

At least four runners from the Outer Banks, along with their families, are okay after the deadly explosions Monday that rocked the finish line area at the Boston Marathon.

Brandy Foreman of Wanchese completed the race around 30 minutes before the pair of bomb blasts near the finish line that police say killed at least three people and injured scores of others.

James Gilreath, Sarah Rodis, Jessica Witter and others with them were unhurt, according to various sources, also finishing well before the blasts.

Witter won the overall women’s division in the Flying Pirate Half-Marathon on Sunday, then drove to Boston to compete in the 26.2-mile race the next day.

Foreman said it probably took her 15 or 20 minutes to get through the post-finish line area.

“It was very crowded and congested . . . huge concentration of people in that area,” Foreman said. “They have a family meeting area and I headed that way . . . we took some pictures,” and then they started heading to their hotel.

“On the walk back (to the hotel) we heard what sounded like a sonic boom . . We might have been a mile from the finish line at that point,” said Phillip Foreman, Brandy’s husband and president of Brew-Thru stores. “No one really thought about it.”

Joining Brandy and Phillip in Boston were their two daughters and her parents.

Minutes later, Phillip started getting texts and Facebook messages from family and friends. “That’s when we realized what we had heard,” Phillip said.

“It’s hard to celebrate (Brandy’s accomplishment) . . . We’re fine . . . blessed and very fortunate,” Phillip said.

They could hear sirens and helicopters from their hotel, but otherwise there were no obvious signs of what had happed just two hours earlier.

“We didn’t notice any additional security at the hotel . . . but I noticed everyone was very solemn in the lobby now,” Phillip said.

The Foremans were still planning to fly home on Tuesday.

Read more on the bombings here.



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