Ken Doucette, vice-president of the Waltham City Council, said he ran Monday's Boston Marathon and had crossed the finish line mere moments before two blasts erupted in Copley Square, killing three people and injuring 176 at last count.
Doucette said over the phone that this week's race was his third Boston Marathon - although his last one had been in 1993.
Doucette declined to comment on the scene he witnessed, but noted that he was able to find his family quickly after the explosions.
"I was one of the luckier ones there," he said.
Doucette also issued a brief statement to local reporters.
"First and foremost, my thoughts and prayers are with those who passed away or were hurt in Monday’s explosions," Doucette said in his statement. "I do not pretend to understand this senseless act of violence. The Boston Marathon has always represented something ‘Good in this world’ and in the face of yesterday’s violence we saw shining examples of that ‘Good’ as First Responders, Medical Teams, Volunteers and Bystanders rushed to help total strangers.
"This is the memory I choose to take from this event. I encourage everyone to remember the 'Good' that was displayed by so many selfless people. In the coming days, let us all be sure to support our family and friends."
Doucette said councilors would observe a brief moment of silence at tonight's City Council meeting.
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