A former Ohio congresswoman and Minnesota state representative both ran the Boston marathon Monday, and both narrowly missed the bomb blasts that left three dead and more than 140 wounded at the finish line. A Massachusetts Senate candidate also ran the marathon, and is reported safe.
Former Rep. Jean Schmidt, R-Ohio, told Cincinnati.com that she had finished the marathon only moments before she heard the explosion at the finish line. "I've never been so close to death or witnessed it," she said. Schmidt described having heard a "boom" sound and seeing people "without limbs" being carried away for treatment.
Back in 2010, Schmidt talked to Washington Whispers about running the Marine Corps Marathon in D.C. – which was then her 86th marathon.
Former Minnesota state Rep. Larry Hosch also ran the Boston Marathon Monday, and likewise narrowly missed the blast. After finishing the race, Hosch and his family were just climbing into a cab when the explosions happened, according to local Minnesota radio station WJON. Hosch said the finish line was "very dense with people."
Republican Senate candidate Gabriel Gomez, who also ran the race, was scheduled to hold a press event upon completion. He never held the conference, but a spokesman told MassLive Gomez was safe. Gomez is also suspending his campaign, along with several other candidates for Massachusetts' Senate special election. The seat was left vacant when John Kerry became Secretary of State.
The Hill reports much of the U.S. Senate learned of the bomb blast on the floor Monday from Sen. Pat Toomey, R-Pa., who told his colleagues: "It appears tragedy has struck at the Boston Marathon... Bombs have gone off."