One Duluthian's Reflection of the Boston Marathon

By KBJR News 1

April 17, 2013 Updated Apr 17, 2013 at 7:58 PM CST

Duluth, MN (NNCNOW.com) - The two explosions at the Boston Marathon on Monday killed three people, including a child, and injured more than 170 others.

The tragedy left one Northland Family shaken but thankful they were unhurt.

Tom Pustovar went to the marathon to surprise his daughters Gina and Leah and the last thing on his mind was what unfolded as he watched his daughter cross the finish line.

His oldest daughter Gina ran the 5K on Sunday, and his youngest daughter, Leah, ran the full marathon on Monday.

Tom recalls nothing unusual at the race when he first got there.

He says he was focused on cheering for Leah as she finished the grueling event.

Then just eight minutes after Leah crossed the finish line, as she gathered her belongings and looked for her family, the first explosion rocked the area.

Tom says he heard the boom, felt the ground shake and then about ten seconds later he heard the second blast.

It took him about 10 frightening minutes to find his daughter and get out of the chaos.

From there they went back to the hotel which was a mile away.

Tom's initial thoughts were that it was an accident, but he says Leah was more perceptive.

"My daughter was able to get a hold of me, Leah the one we were trying to meet and she said 'dad something's wrong, something's wrong' and she had actually seen the explosion," said Pustovar

Leah was standing in line waiting for her medal, when the explosion happened.

Tom says most of the places around their hotel were shut down and police were urging people to stay indoors.

The full horror of what happened didn't fully dawn on him until he saw coverage on TV.

Tom's wife Monica was not at the race in Boston, and was totally oblivious to what happened there until she got a phone call from her brother informing her what had happened.

Monica then realized the gravity of the text she received eariler from her husband informing her they were ok.

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