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Athletic trainers key at marathon

Athletic trainers had never been part of an event on scale of Boston bombings

Updated: April 26, 2013, 10:47 AM ET
By Bonnie D. Ford | ESPN.com

Like so many on the finish line of the Boston Marathon, Lehigh University director of sports medicine Jack Foley could not initially process what he heard at 2:49 p.m. on April 15.

He thought a transformer had blown. He smelled smoke. He saw a runner in his 70s wobble and fall from the sonic shock that traveled through the pavement. Instinctively, Foley ran toward him, and as he did, he heard yelling off to his right that quickly became louder and more insistent.

"Medical! Medical!"

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