Bay Area Resident Recounts the Scene at the Boston Marathon

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Writer and Google Employee Nick Shelton describes the scene he witnessed after completing his first Boston Marathon.

Nick Shelton felt like he was completing a lifelong dream when he crossed the finish line of his first Boston Marathon. After narrowly avoiding the explosions occurring at the race, he is now thankful that he can return home safely to the Bay Area.

Nick completed the marathon in just under 2 hours and 50 minutes but stayed around the finish line area for 45 minutes enjoying the post-race festivities. He decided to leave the action right at the time of the explosions based on a friend's suggestion to shower at office of his employer Google Inc, before traffic on public transportation got heavy.

"I'm incredibly lucky I decided to take a break for the race action," Shelton explained. "Normally, I go back toward the finish line to cheer on the runners as they cross. It's a thrill for me to see the excitement on the runners' faces. I know it would have been the case for a race like Boston."

Shelton recounts hearing an explosion before boarding the subway stop to go back to the area. After hearing that something was awry from the subway operator, he decided to keep going past the race festivities.

"It was hard to know what was going on since cell phone reception and SMS messages were not going through." After going into a local bar to catch the reports; Shelton talked with Boston natives to hear their reaction.

"I cannot explain the change in emotion. The entire town was in elation cheering on the runner's and enjoying Patriot's Day. After the news struck, the bar had a eerie quietness about it that reminded me a lot of the emotions when news broke on 9/11."

Shelton spoke more on his change of emotion. "It was hard to comprehend that this could happen at an historic American tradition. The marathon was the one of the best organized events I have been a part of. The volunteers, in particular, were tremendous. For many of us, both runners and fans, this was one of the most special days of our lives. To think that harm may have been the intention of today's tragic events is utterly unimaginable."


Nick Shelton is the author of several books including, The Good Life Crisis. He currently lives in Sunnyvale, CA where he works as a Cloud evangelist for Google. Nick was completing his seventh marathon at the Boston Marathon on Monday.

If you would like to get more information from Nick about his experience, he is making himself readily available to any media outlet, especially those in the San Francisco Bay Area. Nick can be reached at Nick.Shelton(at)aya(dot)yale(dot)edu or (202) 455-5360.

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