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The 117th running of the Boston Marathon has been marred by explosions which killed three people, including an eight year old boy, and injured more than 170. Moe than two dozen  of the injured are in critical condition.


The first explosion took place about three hours after the winners crossed the finish line and as more runners were still coming in, with the second blast following a few seconds later.


About 199 of the runners are registered as being from Alberta. Of that number, three people are listed from Lethbridge; Ryan Endersby, Karen Koenig and Robert Turner. As well, there is one runner, Allen Robinson, from Blairmore, in the Crowsnest Pass.


After a frantic couple hours, Robinson's son Ryan, who lives in Lethbridge, was able to contact his father and confirmed to Country 95 news that his father was safe.


By late Monday afternoon, Country 95 was able to reach Al Robinson at his Boston hotel. He told said he crossed the marathon finish line about four hours and two minutes after he began.


Al was about 150-yards east of the finish line when the first bomb went off, roughly eight minutes after his finish and all he was able to see was a lot of smoke. He said, "Everybody just kinda held their breath, wondering what this is and of course, the other one (bomb) went off fairly soon after". He went on to say, that initially they didn't think it was a bomb, as someone said a transformer may have exploded. The group of runners Al was with were ushered further away from the scene and a path was cleared for emergency vehicles to get through.


According to Al, it took about 45-minutes to locate his wife, who had originally been at the finish line. He said as they were leaving the area, emergency vehicles from as far as an hour away, as well as police vehicles were still headed to the scene. It wasn't until he got back to his hotel and saw what was on TV that he realized the magnitude of what had happened.


Al acknowledged that it was probably a good thing no one really knew what initially happened, "Down where we were, it was fairly calm - I imagine everybody thought, World Trade Center - and there's no place to go if people panic and start to run - everybody has just run a marathon, so you're not going to be running anywhere. Plus, the streets are narrow and there are so many people there's just no place to go". He went on to say, "We were just thinking and praying and hoping for the best".


Al says the reason he ran the marathon was to raise money for orphans in the Philippines, so he had a large following on Facebook helping him raise funds. He was being inundated with calls and emails checking to see if he was alright.


It was reported by American news outlets that two other bombs were found near the end of the race but, those reports have turned out to be false. No one has yet taken responsibility for the bombs.

Posted on Monday, April 15, 2013 at 4/17/2014 3:21:48 PM
Source: Dori Modney (@Dori_Modney on Twitter) Patrick Burles (@PatrickBurles) -- Country 95 News / Photo of Al Robinson and his wife courtesy of thier son Ryan
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