, Salem, MA


April 20, 2013

Jean DePlacido column: Beverly's Tabutt recalls Marathon experience


Tabbut was anxious to find his wife Maureen and make sure she hadn’t been injured, but that turned out to be an exhausting endeavor. The family gathering area was organized by letters of the alphabet so he headed for the T section only to find out his wife was not there. He recalled her saying if they didn’t meet up there the emergency location would be the Green Line Boylston subway stop.

“Maureen was on the corner of Clarendon and St. James Avenue when the first explosion went off,” said Tabbut. “She thought at first it was something to do with a construction crew nearby. To her surprise and horror she found out shortly afterward about the blasts.” Maureen was heading to the finish line area when the attack took place, and she was around the corner from the first explosion.

“She offered support to a few families and headed to the family meeting area. Later she decided to look for me at the Boston Common. My prayers were answered when I spotted her waiting patiently at Boylston. We gave each other a warm hug, and made our way out of the city to go home. We are still trying to come to terms with what happened. How could someone do this? Evil does exist in our world. We still believe that good will prevail in the long term and must not give in to terror.”

Tabbut and fellow marathoner Amber Woolfenden were the lucky winners of two entries to the Boston Marathon that Wicked Running Club of Salem was awarded for doing a fantastic job every year at Mile 17 Power Gel stop. Their names were randomly picked out of a hat. Unfortunately, Woolfenden’s husband was one of the injured as he waited to cheer her on at the finish line.

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