It took years of training for Tremonton’s Jennifer Manning to make it to the race of all races and on Monday, Apr. 15, 2013, she got her chance to compete in the Boston Marathon. Now, the race will have a different meaning to many people, including Jennifer herself, but the experience will be one she will treasure forever.
Jennifer was one of over 300 Utahans to run the marathon. She qualified at September’s Top of Utah marathon and from there prepared herself physically and mentally to race in the one of the world’s most prestigious races. About 15 to 20 minutes after she passed the finish line with a time of 3 hours and 46 minutes, and just a block away from her husband Roy, Jennifer heard the first bomb go off. She was one block away from the bombings.
“It sounded like a deep, deep thunder going off right next to you,” Jennifer described the first bomb. “My first thought was ‘That’s bad.’” She didn’t see the smoke because the buildings obstructed her view but she thought maybe something hit a building.
After the second bomb went off 12 seconds later she knew something was wrong.
Read the rest of the Manning’s story in next week’s edition of the Leader.