Two Region 8 women at marathon; heard explosions

Betty Ann Hurt and Mikah Felkins (Source: Mikah Felkins)
Betty Ann Hurt and Mikah Felkins (Source: Mikah Felkins)

JONESBORO, AR (KAIT) – Two Region 8 women ran the Boston Marathon Monday and finished roughly 15 minutes before the explosion.

Two explosions happened at about 2:45p ET, almost three hours after the first of the event's winners crossed the finished line.

According to the official Boston Marathon time clock, Betty Ann Hurt, of Jonesboro, finished the race at 3:55:05, and Mikah Felkins, of Bono, finished at 3:55:10.

Region 8 News spoke to both women who said they heard the explosions after finishing the race and were ushered away from the scene shortly after. Both women were not harmed.

Mikah Felkins told Region 8 News, they were getting water bottles and towels close to the finish line, when the explosion happened. She said the crowd was ushered away from the chaotic scene as calmly as could be expected.

"We could just see the smoke and we couldn't tell if anyone was hurt.  People just kind of got around us and encouraged us.  Keep walking.  Keep walking," said Betty Ann Hurt.

But, she knew her family was nearby and wondered whether they were ok. "My family was coming to the finish line to meet me and that was a worry. Because I just didn't know what was going on," said Hurt.

"Micah had her phone with her and we were trying to call.   But everybody was trying to grab phones and call and we really couldn't get through to find out if our family was ok," said Hurt. 

As it turned out, her family was waiting at the gate and they all headed to their hotel--where they could turn on the TV and find out more about what was going on.

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