Fam­i­lies con­firm lo­cal run­ners safe, home from Bos­ton

North Penn Life - - NEWS - By Dan Sokil dsokil@jour­nal­reg­is­ter.com

Steve King, of Up­per GwynHGG, KDG finLVKHG Uun­ning the Bos­ton Marathon about 40 min­utes be­fore ERPE EODVWV VWUuFN WKH fin­ish line April 15, but says sev­eral of his run­ning bud­dies were far too close for com­fort.

“I knew a cou­ple of my friends were go­ing to be finLVKLnJ Ln D OLWWOH RYHU IRuU hours, and as I did the math in my head about when the blasts went off, I’m think­ing ‘That was just about the time VKH wRuOG’YH finLVKHG ...’” King said.

That run­ner, Ann Bur­nett, RI 1RUWK :DOHV, finLVKHG about a minute ahead of the ex­plo­sions April 15 but was un­hurt and has suc­cess­fully re­turned to the area, King said. He and sev­eral oth­ers at­tended the Bos­ton Marathon as part of a group or­ga­nized by the North Wales Run­ning Com­pany, and King said while the April 15 blasts didn’t di­rectly in­jure any of his group, they caused a tense af­ter­noon and evening.

Three of his fam­ily memEHUV KDG wDWFKHG .LnJ finLVK the marathon and re­turned to WKH finLVK OLnH DUHD DnG wHUH on their way back to their ho­tel on Bos­ton’s sub­way sys­tem when the blasts oc­curred.

“They were tak­ing the sub­way back to the area to WUy WR finG PH wKHn DOO RI D sud­den they shut the sub­way down, stopped it and said, ‘Ev­ery­body out, out of the cars and out of the sta­tion, DOO WKH wDy uS,’” .LnJ VDLG.

“There was no real ex­pla­na­tion, so they didn’t re­ally know what was go­ing on, but they came up right there at Boyl­ston xStreet] Sta­tion and saw po­lice cars, helicopters and ev­ery­thing else, and said, ‘We’re get­ting out of KHUH,’” KH VDLG.

King said he and sev­eral other run­ners from the North Wales group were able to com­mu­ni­cate via text mesVDJH WR finG RuW wKR wDV where, and sev­eral planned to take part in the weekly run hosted by the run­ning club April 16. He’s still un­de­cided about run­ning again in Bos­ton next year, but said he hopes the at­mos­phere he found be­fore the April 15 at­tack is not lost for­ever.

“It’s such a mass of hu­man­ity, and it’s like a folk fes­ti­val al­most. There’s a lot of sup- port from peo­ple who have al­ways been there, and I hope that doesn’t change. It’s such a tragedy, but it’s such an in­cred­i­ble event that you hope WKH HYHnW JRHV Rn,” KH VDLG.

King and other run­ners’ IDPLOy PHPEHUV FRn­fiUPHG that sev­eral other lo­cal run­ners in the April 15 Bos­ton Marathon were on their way home, safe and sound de­spite the ex­plo­sions that rocked down­town Bos­ton.

games Clancy — known to friends and fam­ily as gesse — of Lans­dale, was part of that group and re­turned home to a proud but ner­vous fam­ily, ac­cord­ing to his fa­ther, Ger­ald, who said April 16 he was look­ing for­ward to see­ing his son again.

“They’re in tran­sit as we speak, and thank God they’re VDIH. HH VDLG KH GLG finLVK WKH race in just un­der three hours, so they were done be­fore evHUyWKLnJ KDSSHnHG,” KH VDLG.

Ac­cord­ing to Ger­ald, “WKHy” LnFOuGHV VHYHUDO other run­ners from the North Wales Run­ning Club who all jour­neyed up to Bos­ton for the marathon, along with gesse’s brother, Kevin.

“We were ac­tu­ally track­ing him on the com­puter, where he was in the race: they put things in their sneak­ers to track their miles and it was nice to be able to WHOO wKDW VWDJH KH wDV DW,” Ger­ald said.

“He was over­joyed com­ing in un­der three hours, and he had looked for­ward to this for so long, and he’s very emo­tion­ally dis­traught now, think­ing about ev­ery­body and all of those in- no­cent peo­ple who were WKHUH,” KH VDLG.

Clancy and his group left Bos­ton and re­turned to the area April 16.

King added that run­ners gohn Re­gan, Derek Rein­hold and Brett Ro­gowski — whom he com­pli­mented on their run times — all made it through the run and back safely, and his run­ning buddy, Dan Ul­rich, of Lans­dale, was un­able to at­tend due to a med­i­cal con­di­tion, but King said he hopes to run the Bos­ton Marathon with Ul­rich next year.

Other run­ners from the DUHD FRn­fiUPHG WR EH VDIH Ln­clude Bar­clay Cunningham and Linda L. Boyer, of North Wales, and Paul Bo­jczuk, of Soud­er­ton, ac­cord­ing to Scott Tantino, owner of North Wales Run­ning Com­pany.

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