Apr 16, 2013 5:56 PM by Caroline Flores - firstname.lastname@example.org
CORPUS CHRISTI - We spoke with local Boston Marathon runner Roswitha Goossens-Winter about her experience during yesterday's twin bombings that killed 3 and injured 183.
She says her 5th Boston Marathon started off like every other year, but with one last minute change that kept her daughter and grandchild out of harms way.
"She usually waits for me at the finish line, but this year she had opted not to do that because we had a small child in a stroller and she says the crowd is too much there," she told us.
Instead she waited near the busses where the runners go after they finish the race. About halfway through the race, Roswitha realized she was running slower than usual.
Then about a mile away from the finish line all runners stopped in place immediately after the explosions.
"Then all of a sudden fire trucks were coming in and ambulances, one after another.. And then helicopters," says Roswitha.
When she learned what happened she says she didn't beat herself up so much for running slower that usual. "I was angry at myself for being so slow. But after I said it was probably, saved my life."
"These coincidences with the baby and with me running slower saved us from being there and being. Having a much bigger part in the whole thing than we wanted to have."
Roswitha says she doesn't know if she will run in the marathon again. She plans on spending the rest of the week in Massachusetts with her daughter and granddaughter before coming back to the Coastal Bend.