Dr. Ronald Dubin was one of the many runners who participated in the Boston Marathon on Monday. Dubin said he was a few miles away when the explosions went off.
Due to his distance from the blasts, he said he could not hear the explosions.
“I was still running” when the explosions went off, said Dubin, an orthopedic surgeon with offices in Middlesboro and Corbin.
Dubin said there were still many runners near him at the time. Then, he noticed something a little odd.
“Police went about 60 mph past runners,” said Dubin. He was then directed by the police that the race was over and made runners get off the road.
Dubin received a phone call from his brother about his well-being. That is when he found out there had been an explosion at the finish line of the marathon.
At first, Dubin said, he was in disbelief and then things started coming together.
A family then offered Dubin a place to stay. He went back to the family’s house for an hour and then they drove him back to his hotel.
Dubin’s hotel was a few blocks away from the site of the explosion. Dubin said when he returned to his hotel, military had the area blocked off.
He was eventually let back into his hotel and was told he would not be able to leave once inside.
Dubin described the scene at the hotel as frantic.
“People were emotional and concerned about their families,” said Dubin.
Dubin returned home early Tuesday.
He said he had one message to deliver. “I will be back next year. I will run it again,” said Dubin.
Dubin said runners are a special breed of athlete, adding they will not be scared by this “cowardly act.”
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