Returning Home: Fort Wayne Marathon Runners Search For Normalcy Following Boston Bombings

By Jeff Neumeyer

April 16, 2013 Updated Apr 17, 2013 at 11:01 AM EDT

FORT WAYNE, Ind. (www.incnow.tv) --- Six people got off an airplane at Fort Wayne International Airport Tuesday afternoon, returning from the Boston Marathon in an attempt to find some peace and quiet.

A group of people was there to provide a welcoming party for two of the returnees.

It was an emotional scene at the arrival gate about 2:30 pm.

Arianne Lehn completed the more than 26-mile marathon Monday in Boston.

She and her husband, pastors at First Presbyterian Church downtown, were cheered by congregants who came to welcome them back to town.

The Lehns were a couple of blocks from the finish line, in the family meeting area, when the first blast detonated.

" There was just a hush around us, everyone wondering what had just happened, and then we heard another explosion and then there were sirens, and then we knew immediately that something was wrong," said Lehn.

" I was exiting the area when the bomb went off, but it shook the ground, and the smell was terrible, and the smoke was thick, and it was deafening," said Pamela Kelly, whose husband, Fort Wayne physician Kevin Kelly, also ran the race.

Pamela Kelly was a block and a half from where the second explosion occurred.

She says she had been standing almost exactly where the second bomb blew for more than three hours during the day, and fortunately, moved before the shrapnel started flying.

Arianne Lehn said she would like to run in the race again, but for all of those who attended, Boston will forever be associated with some bad memories now.

What are your thoughts CLICK HERE to leave us a "QUESTION OF THE DAY” comment.

Want to be in the know for the next weather event, the next school closing or the next big breaking news story?

TextCaster alerts from 21Alive.com are your defining source for instant information delivered right to your cell phone and email. It's free, easy and instant. Sign-Up Now!

Powered by Summit City Chevrolet

© Copyright 2015, A Granite Broadcasting Station. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.