A Peoria native and resident participates in the fateful Boston Marathon.
Ken Witte and his wife Julie feel very, very lucky.
Witte ran in the fateful Boston Marathon.
But, luckily for him, he finished the race well before the 2 blasts near the finish line. And, even more fortunate, he and his wife decided to head back to their hotel because it was too cold.
Otherwise, they both would have likely stayed near the finish line to watch others come in, and could have been affected by the tragedy.
Witte says both his and Julie's phones lit up while they were in a cab from friends and family wanting to know if they were OK.
So, that's how they found out about the explosions.
Witte says he feels sad for those killed and injured, and for their friends and families.
But, he says this will not stop him from participating in a sport he loves because it's something that could could happen anywhere.