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April 16, 2013 11:17 am

Boston Marathon Bombings: Jewish Runner Recounts ‘Gruesome Day’

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The scene from the fifth floor of the Fairmont Copley Plaza in Boston following Monday's Boston Marathon bombings. Photo: Courtesy of Kevin Goodman.

Kevin Goodman’s second Boston Marathon will be one he will never forget.

That’s because just about 60 minutes after he concluded the race, two explosions rocked the finish line.

“It’s a gruesome day,” Goodman, who lives in Cleveland, told the Cleveland Jewish News from the Fairmont Copley Hotel, where he was staying in Boston.

“I was in the hotel when the explosions went off. The explosions happened about an hour after I finished. I was in the hotel recovering (from the race). I went outside to see the sights. It was gruesome. A lot of blood and limbs.”

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Goodman said he knew it was not a gas-line rupture as had first been reported.

“The building shook,” he said. “There were two large explosions. Very loud.”

His room was on the fifth floor of the hotel.

“I knew they weren’t fireworks. I knew there was trouble. I can see the black plumes of smoke coming up to my room. I did go out and help until I was told to go back in (the hotel).”

Goodman said plenty of medical people were on hand because of the thousands of runners who participate in the marathon.

“Fortunately, medical people were here for the race. People were covered in blood,” he said. “Runners were being used to immobilize the spectators (who were injured).” Runners helped provide medical treatment.

Goodman, 50, immediately called his wife, Tracy.

“I talked to her right when the explosions hit and told her I was going outside to help,” he said.

Goodman, the managing director of BlueBridge Networks in Cleveland, called her “instantaneously. It didn’t hit the media yet.” He said he feels “grateful indeed. It’s a tragic day for America and for the city.”

This is not Goodman’s first brush with tragedy. He was in a commuter and freight train collision when he was 18 in 1981 in Prides Crossing in Beverly, Mass., about 30 minutes from Boston, when he was visiting his sister. He was uninjured.

Goodman, who finished in 3:03.14, arrived in Boston on Saturday afternoon and returned April 16 to Cleveland.

Goodman, who competed in his first Boston Marathon last year in 90-degree heat and finished in more than four hours, competes for Team in Training and raised money for the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society.

The Goodmans’ two children, Joshua, 15, and Daniel, 10, are students in the Cleveland Heights-University School District.

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  • Mel

    W.T.O.-2 (the World Terrorism Organization) loves Boston. Fully a dozen years after it launched the jetliners that toppled New York City’s famed Twin Towers, ‘The Home of Liberal Sensibility’ still eschews any kind of security precaution that might make a terrorist uncomfortable. America’s enemies rest assured its Secretary of Defense (like its President) was ‘educated’ in such an environment.

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