It basically came down to a simple text message that either saved the life of Bothwell’s Calvin and Avon Bingham or protected them from serious injury. Calvin, along with his wife Avon and son Craig and daughter-in-law Kim, were less than two blocks away from the deadly bombings at the Boston Marathon on Monday.
The Binghams were in Boston to watch Kim race in the highly competitive marathon that will for now always have the memory of the simultaneous bombings that as of Tuesday have killed three people and injured more than 180 people. Kim had crossed the finish line just about 23 minutes before the bombs went off. Every runner has an electronic bracelet that texts three phone numbers when the runner has passed a certain point. When Avon had gotten the text that Kim had passed the 30K mark, her and Calvin watched from the finish line to snap a picture of her, but they missed her.
“I bet I was within 10 feet of where the bomb went off,” Calvin said. “I could have been standing right next to where the bomb went off, to be honest.”
Read the rest of Bingham’s story in next week’s edition of the Leader.