Medina Journal-Register — A personal best time of three hours and 20 minutes run by Lyndonville native Bridget Hughes kept her family out of harm’s way this past Monday at the Boston Marathon, which was marred by two deadly explosions near the finish line.
“We had been right in that area of the finish line just 30 minutes before but we were six blocks away when the explosions occurred. I’m glad she ran fast,” said Bridget’s father Mark Hughes. “What kind of a person does something like that? It’s just a tragic situation.”
“We were very fortunate. There’s a lot of what-ifs,” said Mark’s son, Medina athletic Director Chris Hughes, who also made the eventful trip along with his wife and his sister Megan.
Chris Hughes noted that the family had stopped at the apartment of another Lyndonville native, Herb Bohnet, after Bridget got done with the race and that’s when the explosions occured.
“Bridget wanted to shower before we headed back, so we stopped at Herb Bohnet’s and that’s when it happened,” Chris Hughes said. “His wife works at the Prudential building which overlooks the finish line and she was texting back about what was going on. It was just a terrible situation. It is one thing to see something like that on TV, but to be there really does have an affect on you. It’s something we’ll remember the rest of our lives.”
Bridget, a 2001 Lyndonville High graduate who now resides in Syracuse, qualified to run in the Boston Marathon by running in the Buffalo marathon.
Pitch, Hit and Runevent is planned
Area youth are invited to compete in a free Major League Baseball Pitch, Hit and Run competition hosted by the Roy-Hart Youth Baseball/Softball League from 2 to 4 p.m. April 28 at the Hartland Park Fields on Route 104.