TROY, Ohio (WDTN) - Timing is everything in a race like the Boston Marathon.
Never more so than on a day like this.
"When we saw it on TV we were looking like wow that's exactly where we were standing," says Joe Reiser owner of Winans Chocolates and Coffeehouse.
The only thing Reiser likes more than coffee might be running, which is why every Saturday morning a group meets outside his store in Troy to try both.
Reiser and his wife Laurie happened to be in Boston this weekend for a coffee conference so they stayed to watch two members of their running group in the marathon.
"For three hours we stood at the finish line waiting for our friends to come across," Reiser says.
Within a few hours the flags and buildings that are in the Reiser's pictures would be all over the news.
But by that time the Reiser's were at lunch two blocks away.
Their group's runners had already crossed the finish line.
"We would have still been there if they were slower," Reiser says.
The Reiser's were still close enough to hear the explosions and later took video on the streets of the ambulances rushing to the scene.
"All of the sudden Paul Revere comes running," Reiser says. "He was a doorman dressed as Paul Revere and he busted down all the barriers so the ambulance could get through. It was then you realize this was not a movie."
But the Reiser's refuse to be frightened by the bombing even though a 40 minute longer finish time by one of their runners would have put them in the middle of it.
"We would definitely go back and hopefully we'll run it some day," Reiser says.
The Reiser's are trying to turn their run this weekend into a fundraiser for the victims.
2 NEWS will bring you more details on it as they become available.
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