Salem restaurant owner, unable to finish marathon, plans to run next year
Breen, 41, owner of the Black Water Grille in Salem, said he had just made it past mile 24 when he got a call on his cellphone informing him that all was not well.
"I was listening to music on my phone while I ran," said Breen, one of 10 Salem residents to run in Monday's race. "That's when various family members began calling me."
By mile 25, police were blocking the roadway, he said, bringing his maiden run to an impromptu halt.
"I was working towards a really good sprint, just trying to complete the course," he said.
As he got closer to the explosion site, Breen described the scene as "chaotic."
Breen said he has several cousins who are on the Boston Marathon's organizing committee, and it took a while to make sure everyone was safely accounted for.
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