More from the Henning man who just barely escaped the Boston Marathon bombing(WDAY TV) -- 30 people from North Dakota registered for today's Boston Marathon, 13 from Fargo and West Fargo.
(WDAY TV) -- 30 people from North Dakota registered for today's Boston Marathon, 13 from Fargo and West Fargo.
In Minnesota, 3 from Moorhead, 2 out of Fergus Falls and 1 from Henning.
We talked to that man from Henning shortly after the explosion, He was just 2 blocks from it and was part of the chaos to follow.
You could tell just by hearing him over the phone Ben Geyer had just been part of something horrific. The Henning Minnesota native had long pauses after he talked about what happened almost like he couldn't believe what he was saying it sounded like he held back tears at one point.
Now this first clip you see isn't from Ben, but it'll give you a good idea what it was like from the distance he was from one of the bombs. You can just hear the power in that bang, and Ben says you felt everything shake.
"The ground shook, you heard the blast and everyone around me just all looked at each other and then everyone is running everywhere and you realize that it was not planned."
He finished in about 3-hours and 42 minutes, found his family a couple of blocks away and then started heading back toward the finish line.
He was 1 to 2 blocks away when it happened. It was a freaky walk home from there, Ben is renting a house in between where the 2 bombs went off.
Any runner will tell you the running community is a tight group, especially marathon runners, it makes it tough for him to grasp what happened.
"so unfortunate to start with and on this day we're very saddened."
The bomb by the finish line went off with 4 hours and 9 minutes on the clock, the majority of marathon runners finish in 4 hours, thankfully those runners started a half an hour later today, something that may have saved a lot of lives.