April 16, 2013 | Vol. 94, No. 89

Ironwood runner finishes race hour before explosions

BOSTON — Ironwood’s Donna Gering, 48, finished the Boston Marathon in 3 hours, 23 minutes, an hour and 6 minutes before two explosions rocked the finish-line area Monday.

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DONNA GERING, of Ironwood, finished the Boston Marathon an hour before the two explosions Monday.

Her husband, Jim Gering, was watching the race across the street from where the second bomb went off, but left before that happened. He had even considered going across the street because the warm sun was shining there on the cool day. He didn’t because it would have meant a much longer walk to meet Donna after the race.

“Like I told her, you hate to see anybody get hurt,” Jim said. “But if she wouldn’t have...