Olathe family home safe from Boston Marathon, but had to leave several things behind

KANSAS CITY, Mo. - An Olathe family is home safe after a harrowing experience just feet from the blast zone at the Boston Marathon on Monday.

John Koehler had just finished running his first Boston Marathon and was sitting with his family for lunch at The Forum, a popular restaurant near the race's finish line on Boylston Street, when the bombs exploded.

"We heard the first explosion. We didn't quite know what it was," Koehler said. "It seemed pretty instantaneous, after that we heard the second one."

Kohler said he thought the first explosion might have been a part of the post-race celebration, like fireworks, but when the second explosion went off, he knew something was wrong.

"We heard the sound of shattering glass," Kohler said. "People started panicking."

Shaken, Kohler and his wife grabbed their two children and, along with Kohler's wife's parents, fled the restaurant. They left behind credit cards, ID's and all their other personal belongings in their haste to escape the chaos.

Wednesday night, the family returned home from Boston, and Kohler was resting up to run the Garmin Marathon in Olathe this weekend.

"We're just glad to be home," he said.

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