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April 18, 2014

Kentner holds up a display of medals she’s won competing in marathons over the years. (Staff photos/John Bush)

One year ago Tuesday, Wapakoneta resident Amy Kentner was going about a normal day at work when she heard the news.

At 2:49 p.m., two bombs exploded near the finish line of the 117th running of the Boston Marathon, killing three people and injuring 264 others.

Kentner, who has been an accomplished marathon runner for decades, wasn’t there that day. But 25 of her friends were.

She wondered, were they OK? How could this have happened? Who had done this? When will I hear from my friends?

“I remember just being paralyzed,” she said. “I couldn’t focus on anything because I was thinking about my friends I had that were running, just wondering what was happening.
“I felt so angry. I thought, ‘how could someone do this to innocent people on what is supposed to be such a glorious day?’ It just hurt on so many levels.”

Kentner would not hear from her friends for hours. Each passing minute became more agonizing as she waited, and waited and waited.

Finally, about two and a half hours after the bombs exploded on Boylston Street, she started receiving the calls she’d been waiting for.

For the full story, see the Friday, April 18 edition of the Wapakoneta Daily News.

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