“It sounded like cannons had gone off, or fireworks. We were a couple of blocks away, and we noticed that people were running frantically, and sirens were going off. There were fire trucks and police, ambulances. The whole area just became quite chaotic.”
Siebel says everybody who came to Boston from the U of I wheelchair athletic program is safe and accounted for. By the time the explosions occurred, the U of I wheelchair group had already completed their competition. Team member Tatyana McFadden won in the women’s wheelchair division, with a time of one hour, 45 minutes and 25 seconds. U of I alum Amanda McGrory, who trains with the U of I wheelchair team, came in third, despite a fall early in the race.