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Crookston Times - Crookston, MN
  • Gilmans safe after Boston Marathon explosion

  • Jennifer was receiving her medal when the bomb went off behind her, six minutes after she crossed the finish line.
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  • Jennifer Gilman, the wife of former Crookston Superintendent Wayne Gilman, participated in Monday's Boston Marathon and was a block and a half from the explosions.
    Jennifer was receiving her medal when the bomb went off behind her, six minutes after she crossed the finish line.
    In an interview from his Boston hotel room, Wayne Gilman explained he and his two daughters, Emma and Madeline, were waiting in the family meeting area when the explosion happened.
    "We knew Jenn had finished so we were reasonably sure she was not injured," Wayne explained. "She tried calling but the connection was not really good. Then she texted. People were panicking. Our hotel was about three miles from the finish line so we walked back. It was pretty unsettling."
    Gilman and his daughters were initially near the finish line when they moved out of the congested area.
    "We moved away because I was not comfortable being body-to-body," Wayne said. "No more big marathons for us. I told Jenn we will only go to small venues. We managed to stay calm and we are happy to be together."
    Wayne said when he first heard the explosion he didn't know what to think.
    "The sound was amazing, very loud," he said. "I didn't initially know what it was. I thought maybe something collapsed."
    Gilman continued: "It's odd because one minute you're so proud of your spouse and filled with a lot of joy and then you confirm it was intended harm, and it's like flipping a light switch to a different mode."

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