Two explosions went off near the finish line of the 117th Boston Marathon on April 15, 2013. (Photo by David L. Ryan/The Boston Globe via website Getty Images)
Several Olatheans were among the 27,000 runners from more than 90 countries in Boston for the Annual Boston Marathon and were shocked by the two explosions that killed three and injured more than 130.
There were participant Patrick Wackerla along with his wife Jennifer, a student teacher at Mission Trail Middle School, runner and Mission Trail School teacher Stacey Sperry, and 1998 Olathe North High School graduate Matt Gronniger, who now lives in San Francisco.
Read the account of an Olathe family relaxing in a restaurant just above where the explosions took place.
Jennifer Wackerla stood at the 25-mile marker of the race, about a block away from the finish line, and then made her way to the family waiting area after watching Patrick run past.
“He ran a 3:30:00, it was his second time in the Boston Marathon,” she said. “He ran last year in that terrible heat and I was so elated when I saw him; he was so excited and we were on cloud 9, honestly. He did great and I was so excited that I got to see him this year; it’s hard as a spectator to see one runner in a whole bunch of runners.”
After the two found each other in the family area, they went to the nearest train station and went back to their hotel. Continue reading
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