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SBD/April 16, 2013/Events and Attractions
Boston Marathon Bombings: Organizers Forced To Alter Race Course For Remaining Runners
Published April 16, 2013
ON THE SCENE: USA Today Sports Media Group President Tom Beusse said that he "finished the race about three minutes before the blasts and estimated he was 150 yards away." Beusse: "It couldn't have been more than three or four minutes. I was mid-Boylston Street, and all of a sudden there was this giant explosion. All of us turned around, the runners, and had these looks on their faces like, 'Oh my god.' We all knew it was something bad." Beusse said that the race "ended immediately." He added, "They immediately turned the bomb site into a crime scene. Anybody that hadn't gotten to the finish line was immediately rerouted" (USATODAY.com, 4/15).
WITH BIG EVENTS COME BIG RISKS: In Boston, Gerry Callahan writes there was "no big sporting event that seemed less dangerous" than the Boston Marathon. There is "always that ominous pall leading up to the Super Bowl ... same goes for the World Series or a big college bowl game or even the Indy 500." Callahan: "But the Marathon? Our Marathon? It has a decidedly international flavor these days, but somehow it still felt insulated and innocent, like a big block party to celebrate the start of spring" (BOSTON HERALD, 4/16). In Philadelphia, Phil Sheridan writes the Boston Marathon is an "insidiously perfect target for the kind of twisted mind that wants to create maximum shock value." What makes the event "so special is what makes it so vulnerable" (PHILADELPHIA INQUIRER, 4/16).