As of Tuesday, April 16, 2013
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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.