Former marathon winner Korir describes chaos after bombings


by Brittany Gonzalez

Posted on April 15, 2013 at 11:31 PM

Updated Monday, Apr 15 at 11:41 PM

BOSTON (WHAS11) – 2012 Boston Marathon winner and former University of Louisville runner, Wesley Korir, was in the city when two bombs exploded.

Korir had just finished the race and was in the shower when he heard the first explosion.

“All of a sudden there was a big explosion, and the hotel was shaking,” Korir said.

Korir said the Boston sky was filled with smoke. “People were running up and down. The ambulances were rushing to the scene.”

The former Louisville runner says his wife had just left the hotel room to get something to eat when the explosions happened.

Once she safely returned, Korir started to search for 10 Kenyan runners also participating in the race. Korir was recently elected to the Kenyan Parliament.

“The next thing I did was look for the Kenyans and make sure all the Kenyan athletes were okay,” Korir said.

During the chaos Korir says fear was overpowered by the strength of strangers.

“When the explosion happened, people run to help other people. I see some people taking their shirts off to go help other people who are bleeding. I see people running to take debris off to save others,” Korir said.

Korir says Monday’s race should have been filled with celebrations and smiles instead of tragedy.

“We’re just praying for those who have lost their loved ones and condolences go to them, and those who are in the hospital we pray for their quick recovery, and we pray for the world,’ Korir said.