Gilbert runner crossed finish line minutes before blast - Tucson News Now

Gilbert runner crossed finish line minutes before blast

GILBERT, AZ (CBS5) -

In all, there were 259 runners from Arizona participating in the Boston Marathon. Frederick Heinemann of Gilbert crossed the finish line less than five minutes before the explosion.

"I was going through the shoot and getting my medal.  I heard one explosion and then a second," said Heinemann.

He told CBS 5 the moments after the blast were very confusing. Although Heinemann was only blocks away he said there were so many people he couldn't see what had happened.

"I thought it was something odd but nobody around me was panicking. We walked down the street and somebody had a car radio on and the doors open and we were just listening, thinking, 'oh my God how could that happen,'" said Heinemann.

Heinemann eventually found his friend who had crossed the finish line right behind him.

"He came through and found the rest of us and he was crying, saying that it was bombs that went off. He wasn't hurt. Luckily he decided to sprint the last part of it so he crossed the finish line right as the bombs went off but he turned around and saw the explosion," said Heinemann.

Heinemann said his sister was also running in the race.  She never finished.  Instead she and all of the other runners still on the course after the blast were diverted away from the finish line around mile marker 25.

Copyright 2013 CBS 5 (KPHOBroadcasting Corporation). All rights reserved.

  • KOLD Now FeaturingMore>>

  • Sidebar: Boston Marathon Explosions

    CONTINUOUS COVERAGE: Boston Marathon Explosions WATCH: Live Coverage CAMERA: Boston Marathon Finish Line PHOTOS: Explosions rock finish line For Help Locating A Loved One: 617-635-4500 Police Tips
    CONTINUOUS COVERAGE: Boston Marathon Explosions WATCH: Live Coverage CAMERA: Boston Marathon Finish Line PHOTOS: Explosions rock finish line For Help Locating A Loved One: 617-635-4500 Police Tips
  • Local newsMore>>

  • UPDATE: TUSD, multiple school districts announce closure plans

    UPDATE: TUSD, multiple school districts announce closure plans

    Tuesday, April 24 2018 4:07 PM EDT2018-04-24 20:07:04 GMT
    Arizona teachers are staging a walkout on Thursday, April 26. (Source: Raycom Media)Arizona teachers are staging a walkout on Thursday, April 26. (Source: Raycom Media)

    The walkout is expected to last at least through Friday, but no one is sure what will happen after that.

    The walkout is expected to last at least through Friday, but no one is sure what will happen after that.

  • PCSD arrests two in attempted car theft

    PCSD arrests two in attempted car theft

    Tuesday, April 24 2018 2:44 PM EDT2018-04-24 18:44:03 GMT
    (Source: Raycom Media)(Source: Raycom Media)
    (Source: Raycom Media)(Source: Raycom Media)

    Officers from the Pima County Sheriff's Department took two suspects into custody Tuesday morning after receiving calls of an attempted vehicle theft. 

    Officers from the Pima County Sheriff's Department took two suspects into custody Tuesday morning after receiving calls of an attempted vehicle theft. 

  • breaking

    Ice pops recalled because of Listeria risk

    Ice pops recalled because of Listeria risk

    Tuesday, April 24 2018 10:24 AM EDT2018-04-24 14:24:58 GMT
    Monster Pops (Source: Food and Drug Administration)Monster Pops (Source: Food and Drug Administration)

    According to the FDA, the Ziegenfelder Company of Wheeling, WV, is voluntarily recalling about 3,000 cases of Budget $aver Cherry Pineapple Monster Pops and Sugar Free Twin Pops because they have the potential to be contaminated with Listeria monocytogenes.

    According to the FDA, the Ziegenfelder Company of Wheeling, WV, is voluntarily recalling about 3,000 cases of Budget $aver Cherry Pineapple Monster Pops and Sugar Free Twin Pops because they have the potential to be contaminated with Listeria monocytogenes.

  • Trending StoriesTrending StoriesMore>>

  • Black women highlight discrimination after golf club called police on them

    Black women highlight discrimination after golf club called police on them

    Tuesday, April 24 2018 3:56 PM EDT2018-04-24 19:56:45 GMT
    Tuesday, April 24 2018 3:58 PM EDT2018-04-24 19:58:16 GMT

    The group, who call themselves "Sisters in the Fairway," recorded part of the incident as they said the club's owner harassed them.

    The group, who call themselves "Sisters in the Fairway," recorded part of the incident as they said the club's owner harassed them.

  • Woman says deputies lied to get a warrant, then sexually assaulted her

    Woman says deputies lied to get a warrant, then sexually assaulted her

    Monday, April 23 2018 10:50 PM EDT2018-04-24 02:50:48 GMT

    A Catawba County woman says she has been the victim of harassment from the county’s sheriff’s office, who, records show, have executed multiple search warrants at her home in less than a year.  

    A Catawba County woman says she has been the victim of harassment from the county’s sheriff’s office, who, records show, have executed multiple search warrants at her home in less than a year.  

  • 13 semi-trucks help police line highway to stop suicidal man from jumping

    13 semi-trucks help police line highway to stop suicidal man from jumping

    Tuesday, April 24 2018 1:24 PM EDT2018-04-24 17:24:28 GMT
    Tuesday, April 24 2018 2:26 PM EDT2018-04-24 18:26:12 GMT

    Thirteen semis parked underneath the bridge to shorten the potential fall.

    Thirteen semis parked underneath the bridge to shorten the potential fall.

Powered by Frankly