Boston Marathoners from the Mid-South Relieved to Be Home

Boston Marathoners from the Mid-South Relieved to Be Home

As more Mid-South marathon runners return home from Boston, they are coming back with more stories of close calls.
MEMPHIS, TN (abc24.com) - As more Mid-South marathon runners return home from Boston, they are coming back with more stories of close calls.

"Immediately after we heard the two blasts, we started hearing tons of sirens," said Krista Layne as she returned home Tuesday evening. "I just felt the ground shake, it was scary, I never would have thought it was a bomb."

"We had a hard time going to sleep last night, it was really sad," said Todd Layne.

Layne said he visited the finish line hours before the blasts.

"I was looking at my pictures last night and I had, like, two or three from the finish line," he said. "It was really surreal seeing that, and seeing where the explosion took place, and thinking I was there this morning."

"Maybe a half an hour or so, where I was unaccounted for," said Jeff Martindale, another runner from Collierville. "It was a scary 30 minutes," said his wife, Lana Martindale.

Martindale said she was trying to get to the finish line to watch her husband, but the bombs went off before she could get there.

"I was lucky, and he was lucky, and just feel relieved and blessed to be home," she said.

For Rachel Trimm-Scarbough, the first sign of trouble came after they returned to their hotel.

"We saw mass chaos in the lobby," she said. "We both just hit our knees and started praying that we were ok."

"It is just so sad that such a wonderful occasion can be overshadowed by such a dark cloud," she added.

Trimm-Scarbough said she was eager to return to Clarksville, where her kids were waiting for her.

"I know I can't wait to get home to my three children and just hug them and kiss them and just hold them because there was a fear at one point that that may not happen again," she said as she started to cry. "It was not a good feeling."

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