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April 17, 2013

BOSTON: Fear, panic were just around the corner

Spectators and runners tell their stories



Texts of panic from friends and relatives

Joseph Ebert of Haverhill, still running strong at 60, missed the qualifying time to run in this year’s Boston Marathon. Rather than run as a “bandit,” he decided not to take the trip to the starting line in Hopkinton.

His daughter, Christine Scovotti, is glad her father passed up this year’s race. “He would have been coming through the finish line at exactly that time (the bombing),” she said.

Her husband, Paul Scovotti, 41, ran his fifth Boston Marathon on Monday. He ran a previous marathon in 3 hours, 15 minutes.

Scovotti, who works for Verizon, completed his race at 3:36. Crossing the finish line at 1:41 p.m. He and Christine then went to Back Bay Station, where they waited for the 2:56 p.m. train to West Natick.

“We heard an explosion just before our train arrived but we were unclear what it was at that time,” Christine said. “About five to 10 minutes after boarding our train, we began to get texts of panic from relatives and friends, asking if we were OK. At that point, we began to learn of the horrific events we just left behind us. I began to panic, learning that the bombs were in backpacks. I immediately started to look around the train, noticing several backpacks stored above passengers. Whether it was panic or motherly instinct, I began to ask passengers if these items belonged to them.”

While it remains to be seen whether he’ll enter next year’s Boston Marathon, Paul Scovotti, said he will “absolutely not” stop running.

A complete feeling of emptiness

Tracy Carracedo, 42, of Windham was running a full hour ahead of his best time when his marathon came to a sudden halt.

“I was literally a half-mile from the finish line when we were stopped,” said Carracedo, who was running in his eighth Boston Marathon. “Enough people were running with smart phones and enough runners caught wind, and we policed each other.”

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