Troy students welcome back principal who ran in Boston Marathon - KMSP-TV

Troy students welcome back principal who ran in Boston Marathon

Posted: Updated:
TROY, Mich. (WJBK) -

Students at a suburban Detroit elementary school welcomed back their principal from Boston Wednesday, just days after the horrific attack near the finish line of the Boston Marathon.

Dr. Pam Mathers was just a half mile away from the finish line when two devices exploded only seconds apart, killing three and injuring 176.

"I just feel so horrible for the tragedies in people's lives who were there," said Mathers, who trained all winter for her first Boston Marathon. "It was a beautiful day; a beautiful celebration that turned into such tragedy."

Although a cowardly act prevented Mathers from crossing the finish line, the students and staff at Hamilton Elementary School more than made up for it. They lined the halls and created their "finish line" in the school's media center for Mathers to cross.

"I was just so happy for her that she was able to do this," said fourth grader Ryan Smalley.

"They really just warm your heart," said Mathers.

  • Local NewsLocal NewsMore>>

  • WATCH LIVE: VP Joe Biden speaking in Detroit on Labor Day

    WATCH LIVE: VP Joe Biden speaking in Detroit on Labor Day

    Monday, September 1 2014 9:06 AM EDT2014-09-01 13:06:45 GMT
    Vice President Joe Biden is scheduled to be in Detroit on Labor Day for the second time in three years.
    Vice President Joe Biden is scheduled to be in Detroit on Labor Day for the second time in three years.
  • RECALL: Kraft American Singles Cheese Slices

    RECALL: Kraft American Singles Cheese Slices

    Monday, September 1 2014 8:05 AM EDT2014-09-01 12:05:15 GMT
    Kraft voluntarily recalled 7,691 cases of its American Singles cheese product Friday because an ingredient was stored improperly by a supplier.
    Kraft voluntarily recalled 7,691 cases of its American Singles cheese product Friday because an ingredient was stored improperly by a supplier.
  • Minimum wage hike launches this Labor Day

    Minimum wage hike launches this Labor Day

    Monday, September 1 2014 7:30 AM EDT2014-09-01 11:30:54 GMT
    Minimum wage workers across metro Detroit and the rest of the state are getting a small raise this Labor Day.
    Minimum wage workers across metro Detroit and the rest of the state are getting a small raise this Labor Day.
Powered by WorldNow

KMSP-TV
11358 Viking Drive
Eden Prairie, MN 55344

Phone: (952) 944-9999
Fax: (952) 942-0455

Didn't find what you were looking for?
All content © Copyright 2000 - 2014 Fox Television Stations, Inc. and Worldnow. All Rights Reserved.
Privacy Policy | New Terms of Service What's new | Ad Choices