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KFDM speaks live with local runner who finished Boston Marathon and saw aftermath of explosions
SOUTHEAST TEXAS/BOSTON - Three runners from Southeast Texas competed in the Boston Marathon, and during a live telephone interview from Boston with KFDM at 6, Amanda Britnell of Orange described the explosions that took place only about 30 minutes after she finished, and the chaotic scene, including her running to safety with an IV still in her arm from medical treatment she received for low blood sugar following her finish.
According to the Boston Marathon website, Britnell of Orange, Daniel Villarreal of Beaumont, and Joseph Frazier of Beaumont, competed in and finished the marathon.
Britnell is in Boston with her husband. She was a cross country and distance runner at Lamar University from 2002-2005, according to the LU Sports Information Director. She lives in Orange and is a teacher. This was her first Boston Marathon and third marathon overall. Britnell finished 16th overall in the 2013 Gusher half marathon and she won the Gusher half marathon in 2012.
In a live telephone conversation at 6, Britnell described the aftermath of the explosions to KFDM anchor Kelli Phillips. She was in a medical tent receiving treatment, including an IV, for fatigue. She heard the blasts and asked a nurse what had happened. Within seconds victims, some of them bloodied, were brought into the tent for treatment. Britnell left the tent and tried to reach her husband, worried he might have been among the injured. She was finally able to text him and learn that he was okay. They returned to their hotel room late Monday afternoon.
Richard James of Beaumont oversaw the Gusher Marathon. He was in Austin on Monday when legislators issued a resolution in honor of the Gusher Marathon.
KFDM reporter Megan Dillard spoke live at six with Lionel Briggs, a longtime distance runner and good friend of Britnell's. He trained with her and helped her prepare for the marathon.