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Boston Marathon Runner Returns to the Tri-States

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RUSHVILLE, Ill. (WGEM) -

A Rushville native who ran in the Boston Marathon on Monday has returned home safely.

Chris Trone had finished his 26.2 miles just under a half hour before the explosions happened. His brother Douglas was watching near the finish line. 

Call it a premonition, a feeling, or just an observation.

"We had talked on the day before, during the convention, about how the place was just shoulder to shoulder to people, and how these kinds of events lend themselves to problems," said Chris Trone.

And on a Monday afternoon - on a race course through downtown Boston - that's what happened.  They experienced the loud booms, and then the initial panic.


"I knew immediately what it was, and I was thinking, you know - it was a bad thing, something bad had happened," said Douglas Trone.

"Looking back, getting away, I need to get out of here - that kind of thing," described Chris Trone.

But for these two, the most stressful moments were spent trying to find each other. Looking at a map of Boston, the brothers explained that - because of the crowds - they had already designated three possible meeting locations. And Chris says he was worried because he knew his brother was near the danger zone.

"He stood by that spot several times during that and just leading up to this thing, so I was just hoping he wasn't part of the crew that got hauled away," he said.

Fortunately both were safe, and eventually found one another after several agonizing minutes.

"While I was trying to ascertain where he was, he had crossed the street and was on the other side, and got my attention. That was a relief," said Chris.

"I got a lump in my throat when I saw him, that was something. I finally saw him. I was scared there for a little while," said Douglas.

And after finally arriving back home from a last minute flight to Chicago, the brothers returned with pictures, memories, and most importantly - each other.

 

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