BOSTON, MASS. — With 15 marathons under his belt, Rick Kammerer is well-known in the local running circuit. This was his 16th – and second time to cross the finish line at the prestigious Boston Marathon. That was about 20 minutes before two explosions went off, killing at least two and injuring dozens more.
“At the time we saw people just running toward us from the finish of the race,” Kammerer said via phone from Boston. Kammerer owns the Mason City Taco John’s restaurant. He’s now staying in a hotel room about two blocks from the scene.
“We can look out the window and can just see there’s hundreds of emergency vehicles, police cars, big military-type vans and that kind of thing out on the streets,” Kammerer said.
Joined by several family members, including his wife, two daughters, mother, and stepfather, Kammerer was looking forward to taking part in the world-renown race.
“It’s a great experience. You have to qualify for Boston. It’s an honor to be able to run here and I just hope this whole incident doesn’t tarnish what they have going here,” Kammerer said.
While Kammerer and his family escaped injury, as can be imagined, they are still very shaken up.
“Yeah, I am still very shaken over the whole thing it doesn’t seem like they really have a grasp on everything that’s still going on down there,” Kammerer said. ”When there are bombs two blocks from where you’re at there’s some worries there.”