CASCADE TOWNSHIP, Mich. (WOOD) - A West Michigan couple got engaged at the Boston Marathon finish line just minutes before two explosions rocked the event, killing three and injuring more than 170.
On any normal day at any busy airport like Gerald R. Ford International, there are thousands of stories. But Tuesday was different, and West Michigan runners returned home from Boston. They described smoke, screaming and crying, and confusion.
But none were so able to eloquently explain the word bittersweet as Brian Jillson and Erin McGovern.
"He jumped over the fence and ran the last point-three miles with me," said McGovern, who ran in the race for the first time. "And got down on his knee and asked me to marry him right at the start-finish line. ...It was such a happy moment and everyone around us was congratulating us," said McGovern.
The celebration was short-lived.
"Probably five minutes, five or 10 minutes right afterwards," said Jillson, the bombs detonated.
Before the young couple's eyes, the world changed.
But Jillson and McGovern said they are looking forward.
"I mean, out of all of this, she finished and got her medal. We're happy together. We are safe and sound, and that's what is important," said Jillson.
Had Jillson not jumped the barrier to join McGovern in the race, he would have been standing in the area of the bombs when they detonated.
"Somebody wants us to be together," said McGovern.
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