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.
Boys and girls will be divided into four age divisions (7-8, 9-10, 11-12 and 13-14) and have a chance to advance through four levels of competition including team championships at Major League ballparks and the national finals at the 2013 Major League Baseball All-Star game.
The individual pitching, hitting and running champions, along with the all-around champion in each age and gender group at the local competition will be awarded and advance to the sectional level of competition.
All participants must bring a copy of their birth certificate and have a parent or guardian fill out a registration form prior to the start of the competition.
For questions concerning the competition, contact Jessica Heideman at email@example.com.
Golf Tourney for Hospice
The 17th annual Hospice of Orleans Golf Tournament will be held July 31 at Hickory Ridge.
Tournament and hole sponsors are being sought for the event, which has raised over $125,000 since its inception. For more information contact Mary Anne Fischer or Lisa Christiaansen at 589-0809 or firstname.lastname@example.org.