Local Boston Marathon runner shares her experience
Wed, 17 Apr 2013 22:05:53 GMT —
Betty Floyd of Marion has run in the Boston Marathon for the past 11 years and this year, she finished just 10 minutes before the explosions.
Floyd was still in the support station getting her medal, water and food when she heard the first explosion.
"It was very loud. It was like nothing I'd ever heard. It was very like a crisp, loud sound. It wasn't muffled at all. We're walking down. The runners are talking to each other what was that? What did we just hear," said Floyd.
Seconds later, Floyd says, she heard another explosion.
She started walking to her hotel room about a half a mile away.
"The street in front of my hotel, Huntington Avenue, had been closed off. Police had blocked it down saying it was a part of the crime scene, because it was only a block from Boston where explosions had taken place."
Floyd managed to get inside her hotel.
She looked out the window and couldn't believe what she was seeing.
"All you see are hundreds of policemen, fire trucks, tanks, ambulances. You see the SWAT Team . You see soldiers walking holding M-16's. That was really scary to see all that."
Her flight was scheduled to leave Monday evening, so she packed her bags to leave the hotel.
She saw a couple of taxi cabs and asked the drivers for a ride to the airport.
"Cab pulls up. I knock on his window , I say sir I need to get to the airport. No ma'am, I can't take you. Go to the one behind me. So , I go to the cab behind him. Knock on his window and I say sir I need to get to the airport. No, he can't take me."
Floyd says at this point she really didn't know how she was going to get to the airport.
"You're traumatized. You're in shock. You're in a city that you're not familiar with. It's not home to you. You're dependent upon public transportation. The subways are shutdown. You don't know where to go, what to do. You're standing there in the middle on the corner of a busy intersection downtown Boston. Bombs have just gone off and you're thinking, Oh Lord just get me home."
She says a brother and his sister heard her asking cab drivers to give her a ride, when the sister told her they could take her to the airport.
"They didn't know me. This horrible event had just happened and these people, I mean that was really nice of her."
Floyd says on the car ride to the airport she learned the siblings were students at Emerson College in Boston.
She doesn't know their names, but plans to write a letter to the college thanking the students, as well to the Boston Globe about the thoughtful siblings.
Floyd says their kindness is reflective of the people of Boston.
"Thanks to all the people in Boston. They're truly wonderful. This happening in their city is just a shame."
She plans to run in the marathon again next year despite what happened.
"You can't live in fear. You've got to go back. You've go to support it. It's a great race the people are amazing."