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Not so distant: Runners reflect on aftermath of Boston Marathon bombings

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As seen in the Oakland County Legal News, April 26, 2013 -- …

As seen in the Oakland County Legal News, April 26, 2013 --
By Tom Kirvan

It's been nearly two weeks since the finish of the Boston Marathon became news for all the wrong reasons, but the aftershocks continue to be felt by three members of the local legal community who all completed the 26.2 mile race within minutes of the bombings that killed three spectators and injured more than 190 others.
Attorney March Ford, CPA Scott Goldstein and Terry CArella, director of communications for Cooley LAw School, were among the finishers of the annual Patriots' Day race that tragically was turned into a war scene near the 4-hour mark of the event that attracted more than 24,000 runners.

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  • 1. Home Calendar Statistics Courts Classifieds Notices Columns ArchivesPosted April 26, 2013Tweet This | Share on FacebookNot so distant: Runners reflect onaftermath of Boston MarathonbombingsBy Tom KirvanLegal NewsIt’s been nearly two weeks since the finish of the Boston Marathon became news for allthe wrong reasons, but the aftershocks continue to be felt by three members of thelocal legal community who all completed the 26.2-mile race within minutes of thebombings that killed three spectators and injured more than 180 others.Contact UsPictured during this y ear’s Boston race, Terry Carella was among a group of Lansing area runnerscompeting in the April 1 5 ev ent.ArticlesMug ShotsBlogsEventsClassifiedsVideosprev nextlegal News + public Notices Motion Magazine about Us +
  • 2. Attorney Marcy Ford, CPA Scott Goldstein, and Terry Carella, director ofcommunications for Cooley Law School, were among the finishers of the annualPatriots’ Day race that tragically was turned into a war scene near the 4-hour mark ofthe event that attracted more than 24,000 runners.“It’s hard to put into words how scary an experience it was for all of us,” said Ford,executive vice president of Trott & Trott in Farmington Hills. “One moment there wasa feeling of elation in having finished, and the next there was a sense of panic afterhearing the back-to-back explosions. There also was a real level of uncertainty aboutwhether there were more explosions to come. Nobody knew what could be comingnext.”Ford, a resident of Huntington Woods, broke the 4-hour barrier, finishing the gruelingrace in 3:58.17, a 9:06 per mile pace that earned her a coveted qualifying spot in nextyear’s marathon. But there was little time to celebrate the accomplishment, sheindicated.“I had just had my photo taken after finishing and was probably no more than 200yards from the finish line when the first explosion occurred,” Ford said. “As manypeople have said, it sounded like a cannon went off, but when we saw all the smokethat was billowing up, it was obvious something else had happened. And then withinseconds, there was a second explosion, which really set off alarm among all those in thefinish area.”Terry Carella, a 3:53.08 finisher, was among those caught in the ensuing chaos.“I was so pleased to have finished in the time that I did because it had been such ahard marathon,” said Carella, who has competed at Boston multiple times over thepast decade. “As anyone who has run Boston knows, the course can really take its tollbecause of the hills, but I was so elated to have broken four hours again and to haveearned a qualifying time for next year.”A Lansing area resident, Carella was so delighted with her effort that she somehowmissed the opportunity to pick up her finishing medal.“I had gone through the finish chute, gotten the blanket they give each finisher,grabbed some food, and made it to the race buses when I asked someone about themedals,” Carella related. “When I found out they were given out back at the finish line,I decided to make the trek back there, even though I could barely walk at that point.My legs were really hurting, but there was no way I was going to leave Boston withoutthat medal.”It nearly proved to be a fatal decision, she admitted.“I had to go back several blocks, making my way against all the finish traffic,” Carellasaid. “As I got near the finish area, there was an enormous blast and a tremendousamount of smoke. I immediately said to myself, ‘This is not good.’ A few seconds later,the second blast went off. By that point, people were moving as fast as they could toget away from the area. It was panicky at that stage. I was cold and I was shivering,but I knew that I had to get out of that area as quickly as possible. We all wonderedwhether we had heard the last of the explosions.”For Scott Goldstein, the feeling was similar even if he was somewhat more removedfrom the finish line madness.President of NDeX, the Farmington Hills based company that is one of the nation’slargest providers of mortgage default processing services, Goldstein had completed themarathon in 3:24.28, a 7:48 per mile pace over the course from suburban Hopkinton todowntown Boston. He was in a nearby restaurant, a short walk from the finish line,enjoying a “burger and a beer” when the first bomb exploded.“We didn’t hear or feel the explosion, but it didn’t take long before word of whathappened reached us,” Goldstein said. “Within minutes, everything was in a lockdownmode. There was a police presence everywhere, and I felt as if I was in a Jason Bournemovie. There was a triage area set up, where the injured including people with missinglimbs were being treated before they were taken to the hospital. It was all verysurreal. We could hardly comprehend what was going on.”A native of Connecticut, Goldstein said he quickly attempted to reassure his family
  • 3. back in Michigan—including his wife Laura and their two children, Megan and Brady—that he was safe and unharmed, but to no avail.“They immediately shut down cell phone service, so it was not possible to make anoutgoing call,” said Goldstein, who eventually resorted to his Facebook page to informfamily and friends of his well-being.Carella’s husband, Mike, a Lansing physician, was among the marathon spectators whoquickly became separated from his loved one.“Our routine is that Mike sees me at the halfway point, at the 25-mile mark, and thenwe hook up in the meeting area after the race,” Carella related. “Of course, everythingafter the race became very problematic with the lockdown. Movement was reallyrestricted until the police could get a handle on all that was happening. Fortunately,Mike and I finally hooked up, and before long we got word that all of our runningfriends from the Lansing area were all right. It was a huge relief because you startthinking about the worst at a time like that.”For Ford, the worries were equally intense, as she attempted to make contact with herhusband, Richard, and their three daughters, Claire, Kathryn, and Amelia, all of whomaccompanied her to Boston for the race.“I saw them, somewhat miraculously, near the 26-mile mark, which it turned out wassome 100 yards from the site of the second explosion,” Ford said. “Once they saw mepass by, they immediately set out for the finish line and the meeting area nearby.”Following the explosions, post-race traffic was diverted around the finish line, forcingFord and hundreds of other runners to take a more circuitous route to the meetingarea. By the time Ford made her way to the pre-arranged meeting site, her family haddeparted.“I waited for a while, but you could tell that everyone there was getting more andmore nervous and scared,” Ford said. “All the sirens, the police helicopters, and thegeneral uncertainty about what was going on made it very hard on everyone.”A few minutes later, after deciding to set out on a mission to find her family, Fordspotted a welcome sight, a shock of red hair.“I have a redhead girl and when I saw that hair, I knew it was them,” Ford said with asense of relief. “There were a lot of hugs and tears in those next few moments. It was afrightening experience for all of us, but my husband and I were particularly concernedabout how our three girls, all relatively young (ages 10, 12, and 16), would handle this.”The couple’s first thought was to catch an afternoon flight back to Detroit, hoping toleave the chaos of Boston behind. That plan, of course, was derailed by the lockdown inthe downtown area, forcing Ford and her family to seek refuge in their hotel room,where she gazed out the window only to see police snipers perched on the rooftops ofnearby buildings.“We closed the curtains, kept the TV off, and tried to comfort our girls and settleourselves,” Ford said. “It was a lot to process.”Likewise, the Boston tragedy has given Carella pause for thought.“As a runner, as part of a group of athletes dedicated to a lifestyle of health and fitness,this just makes me dig in my heels even more,” Carella said of the bombings. “I’m notabout to let terrorists change the way we go about our lives, especially in an event asgreat as the Boston Marathon.”Goldstein was just as reflective, expressing mixed emotions in the wake of the April 15event.“I do indeed feel fortunate to be fine, to not have been injured in the bombings,”Goldstein said. “On the other hand, I feel a deep sense of sadness over those who werekilled and injured, also knowing that such a great experience as the Boston Marathonwill never be the same again.”Comments
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