TREASURE COAST, Fla. - PORT ST. LUCIE, Fla. -- A Treasure Coast father is thankful his three sons and daughter-in-law are safe after twin explosions rocked the Boston Marathon.
Bob Hensley said his sons Jeff, Matt and Mike -- and Mike's wife, Mariel -- ran the marathon and crossed the finish line about an hour before the first explosion.
"I didn't believe [it]. I thought [Mariel] was making a story up or something because I just couldn't believe it. As soon as I got home, I turned the news on and they were talking about it," Hensley said. "My wife has been worried about something like this for a while … she was worried that at some big event, like a marathon, someday, that someone may try something like this and she even mentioned the Boston race a couple days ago, saying I hope the kids are okay, I hope nothing happens. And, sure enough, something did."
For the Hensleys, running is a family affair.
Bob Hensley ran the Boston Marathon eight times in the 1970s and the 1980s.
His wife ran the marathon.
His sons started running as kids.
This afternoon, Hensley said they were some of the top finishers in the race.
"We've been a running family for many, many, many years and it's something that we do. I didn't think it would touch us so closely," Hensley said. "As bad as it was, it's over and I, just, my heart goes out to those that were killed or injured."
Hensley said his sons and daughter-in-law were expected to return home later this week.