BOSTON — The bombings that rocked the Boston Marathon on Monday hit particularly close to home for many Van Wert residents as a Van Wert native found himself in the midst of the chaos.
Van Wert High School graduate Craig Leon had finished the marathon in 10th-place hours before the first explosion near the finish line.
“It happened probably two or three hours after I was finished. Our hotel, where the race headquarters were, had all the athletes staying there - it’s 400 meters away from the finish line,” Leon explained.
At least two bombs exploded near the end of the 26.2-mile course and Leon recalled being in the hotel lobby when the first bomb went off.
“I was actually on the ground floor just finishing up some interviews and when people started coming into race command you could tell something was wrong. At the time I didn’t know (what was going on) because I didn’t hear anything or feel anything.”
The explosions left at least three dead, including an 8-year-old boy, and more than 140 injured.