Boston Marathon runner returns to Bainbridge - WALB.com, South Georgia News, Weather, Sports

Boston Marathon runner returns to Bainbridge

Pauncho Hufstetler Pauncho Hufstetler
BAINBRIDGE, GA (WALB) -

The Boston Marathon tragedy touched all parts of the world, including south Georgia.

Many runners who made the trip are on their way home, and others are already back.

One Bainbridge runner tells us if not for his wife, he may not have made it back.

After Pauncho Hufstetler finished Monday's race around 1:30, he and his wife were discussing where to eat lunch.

"My idea was to stay somewhere around there and eat and thankfully my wife suggested we go back to the hotel so I can get a shower and there was a mall right across the way from our hotel which is where we ate," said Hufstetler.

Hufstetler says he and his wife were in the dark about the bombings, when their phones started ringing off the hook.

"We were at The Cheesecake Factory there in Cambridge when everyone's phones started going crazy asking if we were ok and we had no idea what was happening because we weren't watching the news. We were just trying to get some lunch."

Hufstetler says even after he qualified for the race, he still wasn't totally convinced about making the trip.

"Didn't really know immediately I was going to run Boston, but some time went by and I thought more about it. My wife and I went to Boston and we enjoyed the trip and I qualified to go. So I signed up and off we went."

But he says this experience would not prevent him from running again.

"I don't think this would stop me from going back, but it's really just a shame because for the people who haven't been it's hard to describe how supportive the people of New England are for the 27 or so thousand runners."

Hufstetler says while Monday night's airport experience was smoother than he expected, getting to the airport was another story.

"We could've made it from our hotel on a couple of the different T lines out to the airport, but one of the stops was going to be a little bit closer to that finish line area than we were comfortable going. So we took a more expensive cab ride."

Hufstetler says with the amount of SWAT teams and security personnel present, he did feel safe before, during, and even after the race.

Officials say in the aftermath of yesterday's bombings, security will be heightened for the upcoming Kentucky Derby, Indy 500, and other large sporting events.

 

WALB. All rights reserved.

Copyright 2013

  • More WALB News10 HeadlinesMore News HeadlinesMore>>

  • Sanitary sewer extension could come to Shadowlawn area

    Sanitary sewer extension could come to Shadowlawn area

    Saturday, June 23 2018 7:06 PM EDT2018-06-23 23:06:54 GMT
    The sanitary sewer extension would cover 67 homes in the area. (Source: WALB)The sanitary sewer extension would cover 67 homes in the area. (Source: WALB)

    Community members from the Shadowlawn area met with city leaders to talk about a new sanitary sewer expansion plan.  The expansion plan would extend North on West Gordon Avenue, to South on Shadow-Lawn Drive, then east on West-town Road to the railroad tracks off of West Waddell Avenue.  City leaders said this project is long overdue for the homeowners in this area.  

    More >>

    Community members from the Shadowlawn area met with city leaders to talk about a new sanitary sewer expansion plan.  The expansion plan would extend North on West Gordon Avenue, to South on Shadow-Lawn Drive, then east on West-town Road to the railroad tracks off of West Waddell Avenue.  City leaders said this project is long overdue for the homeowners in this area.  

    More >>
  • DOCO health department hosts back to school immunizations

    DOCO health department hosts back to school immunizations

    Saturday, June 23 2018 6:58 PM EDT2018-06-23 22:58:30 GMT
    Vaccinations are required for 3, 4 and 5-year-old, and children entering the 7th grade. (Source: WALB)Vaccinations are required for 3, 4 and 5-year-old, and children entering the 7th grade. (Source: WALB)

    Some folks in Albany already got a jump start on their back to school preparations.  The Doughtery County Health Department held their back to school immunization clinics Saturday. 

    More >>

    Some folks in Albany already got a jump start on their back to school preparations.  The Doughtery County Health Department held their back to school immunization clinics Saturday. 

    More >>
  • How to avoid mosquitoes this summer

    How to avoid mosquitoes this summer

    Friday, June 22 2018 10:15 PM EDT2018-06-23 02:15:11 GMT
    Mosquitoes on glass (Source: CDC)Mosquitoes on glass (Source: CDC)

    As the weather heats up and people begin to enjoy their summer, everyone wants to prevent mosquitoes from ruining their summertime fun.

    More >>

    As the weather heats up and people begin to enjoy their summer, everyone wants to prevent mosquitoes from ruining their summertime fun.

    More >>
Powered by Frankly