South Burlington High School boys basketball coach Mike Kennedy arrived back in Vermont Monday night safe, but still shaken by Monday's bombings at the Boston Marathon.
"Today it kind of hit me I just can't believe how sad it is," Kennedy said. "There were a lot of people that didn't know what was happening. A lot of people that were scared, obviously."
Coach Kennedy finished the marathon around 1:40pm Monday, about an hour and ten minutes before the first blast at the finish line.
"I was in the hotel room talking with my dad when it happened," Kennedy said. It sounded like fireworks and I just assumed they had post race fireworks. Over the next few minutes, there were sirens, but again I didn't think that was out of the ordinary. Then there were more and more sirens and I looked down, there was a lot of activity around the medical tent. Then I got a couple of text messages asking if I was ok, then that's when I figured something that happened so I turned on the TV and saw there was breaking news."
After hearing rumors that there might be several more devices in the area, Kennedy decided to pack up and head home. As a high school basketball coach, Kennedy is responsible for teaching students a variety of lessons, both on and off the court. However, there's no playbook for a case like this.
"How do you teach people to come back?" Kennedy said. "How do you teach people to not be afraid when an eight year old was killed doing nothing but watching his dad run a marathon. I don't know how to do that, I hope we can be all able to figure that out."
Kennedy says although he has a qualifying time, he is unsure if he will run in Boston next year.
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