Family Awaits Return of Marathon Runner

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MEDFORD, Ore. — Trevor Telford and his children eagerly awaited the return of his wife Melissa after she ran in Monday’s Boston Marathon.

“Running, with her, is huge, it’s always been a part of her life,” said Telford.

Melissa was running the Boston Marathon in honor of her grandfather who recently passed away. Trevor said he tracked Melissa’s progress on the computer and called to congratulate her as she and her friends decided what to do next.

“They were talking about staying and waiting at the finish line and they decided that, you know, it’s just going to be crazy, it’s going to be kind of a zoo, let’s just rendezvous or just meet back at the hotel,” said Telford.

Melissa had finished 42 minutes ahead of the first explosion and even though Trevor had talked to her after she had crossed the finish line, he said something didn’t feel right.

“I had a pit in my stomach, so I immediately called her and it took me a few times to get through, but I finally got through,” said Telford.
Trevor said Melissa was several blocks away from the finish line at her hotel when he got through to her, and he was the one to tell her about the bombing.

After that, he said Melissa stayed safe in her hotel room.

“The cell towers were just so congested so it was hard to communicate but when we did communicate, she was basically saying that we are on lock down and we’re going to be in our hotel,” said Telford.