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A national relay supporting the victims of the Boston Marathon disaster has made its way to Springfield. The relay started in Santa Monica, California and will end in Boston.
KY3-TV anchor and reporter, Paul Adler, and wife Melissa, both attended the Boston Marathon, and will participate in Thursday’s run in Springfield.
“We didn’t really know what was going on, I didn’t really hear a bang, but when I looked off in the distance I saw some white smoke in the air and nobody really thought it was a terror attack at first,” explained Paul Adler.
Melissa had just finished the race and was receiving her finisher's medal when the bombs detonated.
“As soon as those explosions went off I just felt completely alone even though I was among thousands of other people,” said Adler.
Paul Adler was about a quarter-mile from the finishing line waiting for his wife when the catastrophe struck. Neither of them were injured amongst the chaos, but Mr. Adler recalls seeing some who were less fortunate.
“A man came out with a gray sweatshirt on and he had a blood stain across his shirt, it kind of looked like fingers going across his shirt, but he came running out and said ‘everyone go to Mass Gen now, go to Mass Gen now and give blood, give blood,’ and that’s just the image that stays in my head,” described Adler.
The One Run for Boston begins at approximately 2:30 p.m. Thursday, starting from Bass Pro Shops on S. Campbell and ending at Strafford City Hall; a 14 mile trek.
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For KSMU News, I’m Amber Carr.