“We’re seeing people suffering with cuts on arms, legs, head, just totally unbelievable,” he added.
Tripp described the Boston Marathon as an event when — until Monday — 26,000 runners from all over the world, plus tens of thousands of spectators – could forget its troubles for a few hours and just run.
“It’s the pinnacle of marathoning,” he said. “Everybody wants to at least do that race. In a time of all international political things that are going on, it’s a point in time when everybody set everything aside, and they come to celebrate running.”
And that camaraderie survived.
“The more and more that we saw what was going on, people had banded together and taken care of each other (amid) the chaos that was going on,” he said. “Everybody was trying to help everybody else.”
“My wife doesn’t concur with me,” he said. “But I’ll be there for my 23rd year.”