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
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
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
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