Winning in a marathon comes down to a matter of minutes, but a last minute decision to go and get something to eat was the deciding factor that got a North Mississippi runner and his supporters out of harm's way at Monday's Boston Marathon.
Batesville, Miss., marathoner Charles David Overton and his friends lingered at the finish line taking in everything that is the Boston Marathon.
Had they stayed there just 10 minutes longer, their fate might have been much different.
Fifty minutes before the bombs went off near the finish line, Bob Morris of Batesville shot a video of his friend Overton finishing the marathon.
"We were actually at the site, because he was at the finish line and we had actually gotten through the crowd to see our friend cross the finish line," Morris told FOX13 News.
"I went from not being really happy about my time in the marathon to 'I don't even care about my time, what is happening to these people,' you know?," Overton added.
The video Morris recorded is from the exact spot where the first bomb went off near the finish line. After Overton finished the marathon, he and a number of friends from Batesville and Oxford hung out near the finish line for almost 40 minutes.
A decision to find a restroom and something to eat is what saved them. They were about a block and a half away when the bombs exploded.
"We were walking to a pub to get something to eat and to drink and we heard a loud boom, and thought that it was a cannon, seeing that it's Patriots Day," Morris said.
"It kind of takes the wind out of your sails," Overton added. "It was such a really high moment and happy event, and so uplifting to see all these people running and to see what was happening where you had just been is deflating."
Looking at the video, Overton said he's thankful his friends are safe.
"I kept telling them I wasn't worried about me, because I would have run right by it," Overton said. "But they were standing right there."
As for running in the Boston Marathon again, that's an easy decision.
"I would come back in a minute," Overton said. "The people of Boston are cool and collected. I mean the people are great, they've got it down to a science. Something bad happens, they are in control. It was amazing how organized things were even when something bad happens."
Morris, John Ingram, Will Smith, and Overton are all members of a band called the Litigants, who play at Roosters in Oxford.
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