Families confirm local runners safe, home from Boston
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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.
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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.
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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.