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April 15, 2013

Local runner at Boston Marathon: 'I got off easy today'

BOSTON — Michael Jarvis considers himself lucky.

The Leelanau Schools counselor/administrator was in the medical tent near the finish line at Monday's Boston Marathon when two bombs exploded nearby, killing two people and injuring more than 100 others, according to reports as of 7 p.m.

Jarvis, 50, had just finished the 26.2-mile race in 3 hours, 40 minutes and 17 seconds — receiving assistance in covering the final half-mile after suffering an injury.

"I probably have a stress fracture or broken leg of some kind, but really, I got off easy today," he said.

The injury landed Jarvis in the medical tent, near where the bombs exploded.

"There have been a lot of instances of incredible kindness," he said. "I didn't have any clothes and it was really cold, and there were people who came and gave me a fleece. A couple volunteers helped me find my family. It took over an hour to find my family. That was a really frightening time, because I knew they had been trying to watch me at the finish line. I didn't know if they were there when the bomb went off. They weren't. They hadn't made it there. Finally, we were reunited. That was such a huge relief to all of us. We sat in the middle of the street and bawled for a couple minutes."

Julie Moses, a registered nurse in the operating room at Munson, was about a block away, putting a race medal around her neck, when the first explosion rocked the area.

"The first one was loud, and I thought with all the electronics and cameras over the finish line, I thought it might be a generator or something of that sort," Moses said. "And then when you turned around and saw the amount of smoke and then heard the second one going off right after that ... we knew something bad had happened.

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