Kentuckiana runners return to Louisville from Boston


by Brittany Gonzalez

Posted on April 16, 2013 at 6:37 PM

Updated Tuesday, Apr 16 at 7:32 PM

LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WHAS11) --  More than fifty people from Kentuckiana were in Boston for the marathon and many of them close to the blast.

Tom Block was there competing with his friend Jonathan Amlung and both of their wives.

“To know that I was that close that my wife was that close could have affected my children’s lives forever. I was doing something I love running you just don’t think anything like that will ever happen,” Block said.

This was Block’s first Boston Marathon. He had injured his leg while celebrating the University of Louisville National Championship win, and he also got food poisoning right before the race.

Block was taken to the medical tent at mile 17 he says he was disappoints, but looking back he calls it divine intervention.

“Those things me getting sick, the hurting my foot…there’s a little bit of divine intervention there," Block said.

Amlung was running in his third. He crossed the finish line 35 minutes before the explosions went off. At the time of the blasts he was walking to his hotel with his wife.

“All of a sudden fire trucks came flying by. Ambulances were just going down the street at a really high rate of speed,” Amlung said. 

Steve Yankoviak also ran in his third Boston Marathon. He finished 20 minutes before the explosions he says he was one block from the chaos. Now, he is left wondering how a day that was supposed to end in celebrations and hugs end in terror.

“What’s the motive. Why would you take such a great day that’s not politically motive or anything it’s just people out there enjoying life and being supportive," Yankoviak said.

Tuesday night, each Kentuckiana resident says they are thankful and happy to be home and there prayers are with Boston.

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