Somber is how Madison’s Donna Bruce describes the scene in Boston, one day following the bombing at the Boston Marathon.
Bruce, a partner at BKD, LLP in Jackson, finished the race in 3 hours, 50 minutes, some 20 minutes before two bombs ripped through the streets.
She says she wasn’t close enough to hear or see the bombing when it happened and was actually getting much of her information from people back home, in the forms of texts and calls, in the minutes after event.
“It was just crazy,” Bruce said from Boston Tuesday morning before her afternoon flight back to Jackson.
“I felt a lot better once we realized that all the Mississippi runners were accounted for,” said Bruce, who did not get back to her hotel until late Monday night where security was very tight.
Today is much different for Bruce, who ran in her first Boston Marathon in 2012.
“Last year was so different. It was a celebration. It was fun.
“This year … this city is so affected. … There’s ATF, FBI and military police everywhere.
“I will be glad to get home.”