Boston Marathon Runners Share Their Stories

Freddy Valdez. Photo: Jessie Sebor

Freddy Valdez

Tampa, FL

2nd Boston Marathon

Before the tragedy… “The race was fun. I enjoyed it. Fortunately, I came in 39 minutes before the bomb went off.”

During the explosion… “I had just met up with my father. We had just left the family reunion area and we were walking back toward the hotel. When I heard the second explosion, I knew it wasn’t a transformer. I knew it didn’t sound right. Then we saw people running toward us. One woman was crying hysterically, one father had a kid in his arms. We went upstairs to get to safety.”

Today… “We went to Quincy Market today and Faneuil Hall and the North End. There was kind of a somber mood. Everyone was wearing their jackets, so when we went to Mike’s Pastries and sat behind someone else we started talking. Everyone was sharing their stories, where they were when they realized what happened.”

Looking forward… “My friends and family have been praying for us and for everybody involved. I was planning for this to be my last Boston. But I told my wife today I want to do it one more time. I don’t want to finish it with this tone.” 

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