Wisconsin runners fly back from tragic Boston Marathon
Jaclyn Brandt, Steve Chamraz, Nick Montes and Jay Sorgi
MILWAUKEE - Some people from Wisconsin are returning after running in or watching a Boston Marathon that turned tragic.
400 marathon runners from Wisconsin competed in the Boston Marathon. Some of them have already taken flights back, or are flying back Tuesday.
For many people who run a marathon, there is a family waiting for them to cross the finish line.
But Monday night and Tuesday morning at Mitchell International Airport, that finish line was at the threshold to Concourse C.
Isabela Sardas went to Boston to put a medal around her neck, not knowing the real prize would be the arms of her kids.
"I was a couple blocks away when i heard two big booms and wasn't really sure what had happened," she said.
Sardas finished her race 15 minutes before two bombs exploded behind her.
She was not alone. Another person from Wisconsin endured a similar experience.
"I was definitely ready to go," said Brian Preisler.
"They were telling people to evacuate that part of the city because they were still finding things, so it was good for me to get on a plane and get as far away from there as possible."
The story resembles many from other runners from Wisconsin in Monday’s Boston Marathon.