A year ago Tuesday, Cort Basham had just finished his third Boston Marathon and was looking for a place to eat with his mother, who was also on the trip, when he heard an explosion.
“My mind immediately went to the worst, but even someone standing next to us said ‘that sounds like dynamite on a job site’. But it was within seconds that the second one happened,” Basham told WKU Public Radio’s Kevin Willis just days after last year’s race.
“Just seconds later, people start pouring around the corner from Boylston – again we were one block from Boylston. Then you knew, even though we didn’t have line-of-sight, that something terrible was happening and we just tried to move away as quickly as we could,” said Basham.
Three spectators died as a result of the bombings; hundreds were injured.
Basham and his mother were uninjured. As he prepares to return to Boston, we caught up with Basham, a WKU instructor, to ask him about his training for this year’s race and inquire about what he expects the atmosphere to be like for the marathon.