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Beaudreau OK after explosion at Boston Marathon

Staff Photo: Brendan Sullivan
Mike Beaudreau a former commissioner who lives outside of Lawrenceville talks to locals about being a block away from the first major blast that took place at the Boston Marathon Monday. Beaudreau ran the marathon in 3 hours, 4 minutes and 47 seconds. About forty runners participated in the 2.5 mile "Run for Boston" which started at the Fleet Feet Sports in downtown Larenceville Tuesday evening.

Staff Photo: Brendan Sullivan Mike Beaudreau a former commissioner who lives outside of Lawrenceville talks to locals about being a block away from the first major blast that took place at the Boston Marathon Monday. Beaudreau ran the marathon in 3 hours, 4 minutes and 47 seconds. About forty runners participated in the 2.5 mile "Run for Boston" which started at the Fleet Feet Sports in downtown Larenceville Tuesday evening.

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Mike Beaudreau fulfilled his dream of running in the Boston Marathan Monday, but within hours the experience turned into a nightmare, when explosions went off as runners continued to cross the finish line.

Beaudreau, a former commissioner who lives outside of Lawrenceville, said he was about a block away from the first major blast, having just finished hydrating and getting a massage after the race.

“Nobody knows what is going on. It’s crazy,” Beaudreau said, adding that he wondered if the initial shock was from natural gas before realizing that more than one blast meant that it was likely bombs. “You just don’t know any more. ... You have to shake your head.”

A cross-country coach, Beaudreau had qualified for the storied race in two previous years but this was his first trip to participate.

As reports of injuries and deaths trickled in, he wondered if the volunteers and those cheering him on were OK.

“It was a special day, but it all pales in comparison to what is going on now,” Beaudreau said. “I just hope the loss is at a minimum.”

Beaudreau, who made the trip with a friend while his wife and young daughter stayed home, is staying several miles away from the city and said he hopes he is outside of the danger zone, after reports came in of other bombs at nearby hotels.

Comments

JimmyOrr 1 year ago

To Todd Cline, Editor, Gwinnett Daily Post from James H. (Jimmy) Orr, Jr. Todd, I am upset that your newspaper would post the callous comment from pcjohn directed at former Commissioner Mike Beaudreau. The article is/was about the horrific tragedy at the Bostom Marathon coupled with the fact that Mike Beaudreau, who is an accomplised distance runner, was a participant and that he and his group escaped bodily harm. Such comments do not belong in your fine newspaper and same should be monitored for exclusion. That comment was about as low as whale dung and that's pretty low as its in the bottom of the ocean. I

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dentaldawg83 1 year ago

Censorship is even lower. Censorship in the name of "decency' is still censorship.

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pcjohn 1 year ago

Good grief, Jimmy...how do you know so much about whale dung?

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PatrickTMalone 1 year ago

Hard for me to imagine those some people lead such a miserable life that they would use a tragedy like the Boston Marathon bombing to express their displeasure with a trash decision made years ago. But I also realize hiding behind a pseudo name often lends itself saying things one doesn't have the courage to say in person. That is the beauty and the ugliness of the 1st amendment.

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JimmyOrr 1 year ago

Good post Patrick T. Malone. The late, great General George S. Patton, Jr. would definitely categorize pcjohns as a coward. If he has something to say to Mike Beaudreau either say it to his face or give his full name if he expects his post to be printed in our outstanding Gwinnett Daily News newspaper. Otherwise, he should continue to "enjoy" his misearble life and continue to hide behind the cloak of anonymity. I venture to say that he never attended one of the Saturday "Meetings with Mike" so as to express his concerns face to face. As for censorship dentaldawg83, I served in our U.S. Army to defend the Constitution of the United States of America which, as you know, includes freedom of speech. You seem to imply censorship in the name of decency would deny your freedom of speech. With freedom of speech comes responsibility. Especially when it comes to civility.

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