, Salem, MA

April 17, 2013

Mike Jones: 'Such an outpouring of people calling'

By Bethany Bray

---- — IPSWICH — Although he crossed the finish line, Monday wasn’t about the race for Mike Jones.

Jones, the CEO of the Institution for Savings, was in the car headed home when two explosions went off at the Boston Marathon course.

“It became a very rough day after that,” said Jones, the father of four small children. “Honestly, my participation (in the marathon) became irrelevant, became meaningless. I was just so saddened by the events that took place, and then you have the ‘what ifs’ that run through your mind. If we had done something differently, a little differently, we could have been caught up in the whole thing. My heart breaks for those involved.”

What struck him, Jones said, was the way the Ipswich community rallied together. His phone was ringing constantly Monday afternoon and evening. Selectman Shirley Berry called to check in, he said, and let him know that she believed everyone from Ipswich had made it through the day OK.

“We had such an outpouring of people calling the house — that’s what’s so great about living in Ipswich,” Jones said.

“... As of (Monday) night, I was so down, I said I’d never run (the marathon) again, but that certainly changed. I’m qualified to run for next year, and I’ll absolutely run, for support more than anything else. By bowing out now, you’re letting the perpetrators know they’ve won.”