LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (KTHV) - Some Arkansas runners are back on home turf after a terrifying experience following Monday's bomb explosions at the Boston Marathon.
Just last month THV 11 followed Jeff Glasbrenner in the Little Rock Marathon. He returned home from the Boston Marathon on Tuesday afternoon and said that had it not been for a break for a few minutes to readjust his prosthetic leg, he would have reached the finish line right around the time the two bombs went off Monday in downtown Boston.
"I heard something and almost instantaneously I heard policemen talking on their walk talkies and then 10 to15 feet up the road saying, 'You got to stop, you got to stop.'" Glasbrenner said.
At the time, Glassbrenner said that he was just 3/10th of a mile from the Boston Marathon finish line, the site of a terrorist bombing attack Monday. He snapped some pictures showing all the runners that police stopped. Glasbrenner couldn't see the aftermath but said, "As we stopped, the spectators on the side were telling us there was a big bomb explosion and there were body parts all over the finish line."
It was a lot to take in, but the amputee-runner said it could have been a lot worse for him.
"At Mile 25, I took a pit stop to try to correct my leg--to try to change it, make it feel better," Glasbrenner said. "Had I not done that I would have been exactly at the finish line when that bomb went off," Glasbrenner said. "Another life changing moment, I truly believe that every day is a gift...I'm so happy to be home to Little Rock to my family, to my 2 little kids.
Glasbrenner said he was able to call his wife from the marathon and let her know that he was OK. He said, with the city practically shut down, and it took him about four hours to finally get back to his hotel room. Despite what happened, he's determined to return to a future Boston Marathon and cross this race off his "bucket list."
Glasbrenner added, that after police stopped the runners for a while, folks living in the area brought out water and other things to support everyone.