Last week Mike Bresson traveled to Boston to run the Boston Marathon for the first time. It was certainly an unforgettable trip, but not in the ways he expected. Bresson finished the race about 40 minutes before the bombs went off. He was in his hotel room recovering from the exhaustion of such a long run, when he heard the news. "My sister said there's been an explosion. I saw the news and it was surreal," said Bresson.
When Bresson had finished the race he says there was a volunteer at the finish line. The volunteer he later found out, was named Kelly. He had struck up a conversation with her at the end of the race as he leaned on her shoulder catching his breath.
They had only talked for a few minutes before Mike said he thanked the volunteers for helping out and then headed back to his hotel. After the explosions Mike said he wondered if that volunteer and the others he talked to were ok.
It was not until he returned to Spokane he received a voicemail from a familiar voice. "So this voicemail that I got is from this lady, she says hey, my name is Kelly, I don't know if you remember me but I'm the volunteer you leaned on. I just wanted to call and let you know I'm ok and all of those people you thanked, she said they're ok too," Mike Bresson explained.
Bresson and Kelly had never met before that moment. Bresson didn't give his number to her. He says she happened to remember his race bib number and believes she looked up his race information from that. She just called to ease his mind.
"It was pretty cool to get that voicemail," Mike says. "That's what's going through your mind...all these great people who are out there and spent & dedicated their day to volunteer...gosh what happened to those people?"