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April 19, 2013

Flu slows down marathoner

PLATTSBURGH — Keith F. Benoit homeschools his daughter, Claire, while still processing the tragic events at the 117th running of the Boston Marathon.

“The biggest thing is you get so broken down from running a marathon like this, it strips you of your human pretensions,” said Benoit, who lives in Plattsburgh.

“It’s nothing to see total strangers come in at the same time and embrace each other on the finish line. They’re all the volunteers, family and friends who watch

“It’s a huge expression of human goodwill — what (the terrorists) did is so counter to that

“It’s depressing,” he continued. “When you stack that up against all the goodwill that happened before and after the event, it pales in comparison.”

FAMILY WORRIED

Benoit was among the 2,278 men in his age group that started and one of the 1,941 who finished before the race was suspended because of Monday’s twin-bomb attacks.

He was recovering from the flu, so figures he completed the course some 50 minutes later than he otherwise would have.

He crossed the finish line 19 minutes before the first bomb detonated at 2:50 p.m He was in his car at the start line in Hopkinton before he heard about the explosions.

“I didn’t hear anything. I was in my car when I got a call from my wife (Holly) to call my mother. All she knew was there was an explosion at the finish line.”

Due to his illness, Benoit had told his mother he might drop off the race course, return to his car and drive to the finish line to watch the elite runners come in.

“That was the terrifying angle for my family.”

HEARD FIRST BLAST

Kara Bonneau, who graduated from Northeastern Clinton Central School in Champlain, finished the marathon at 1:50 p.m., with an official time of 3:26:02 She was walking up St. James Avenue, parallel to Boylston, when she heard the first blast.

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