Dr. Martin Levine has been in medicine for over 30 years. He is a former marathon runner and has volunteered as medical support for several marathons, including those in New York and Boston. This year was his 19th at Boston, where he was serving as the Elite Athlete Recovery Physician. “In that role, I’m responsible for ensuring the top athletes received appropriate treatment at the conclusion of the race,” said Levine.
“I was located in the A medical tent, which was positioned on Boylston Street, a half-block from the finish line at the beginning of the chute where the runners walk off the marathon. I had completed my rounds and was standing in the front of the tent, looking out over the runners as they passed by. All of a sudden, I heard a loud explosion to my left, looked in that direction and saw smoke rising.”
Dr. Levine went on to describe the smoke rising from the explosion as covering two store widths. He also said his rough estimate of spectators at that location was about four people wide and 10 deep. “When I saw the smoke, I made a rough guess of numbers and yelled into the tent to evacuate it and prepare for 40 wounded.”