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News trickles in about Palo Alto marathoners

Original post made on Apr 16, 2013

Thirteen of the 20 Palo Alto residents who were registered for the Boston Marathon have confirmed that they are safe after a pair of blasts at the the event killed three people and injured many more at the event Monday, April 15.

Read the full story here Web Link posted Monday, April 15, 2013, 6:29 PM

Comments (9)

Posted by Cathy, a resident of Crescent Park
on Apr 16, 2013 at 8:57 am

Karen & Steve Burns are OK as well.

Posted by Ann Briggs, a resident of Crescent Park
on Apr 16, 2013 at 1:04 pm

Does anyone have any news about our neighbor Paul Fink?

Posted by Joel, a resident of Barron Park
on Apr 16, 2013 at 1:31 pm

Joel is a registered user.

Paul and his wife Anita are safe and saddened by the tragic event. I received a call from Paul yesterday around 3:00 PM.

Posted by Sally Keep, a resident of Menlo Park
on Apr 16, 2013 at 2:42 pm

Thank goodness for the Palo Alto Weekly giving us info on the residents who are safe!

Posted by Alan Wachtel, a resident of Palo Verde
on Apr 16, 2013 at 3:41 pm

The explosions are reported to have occurred about 2:50 p.m., roughly 40 m and 200 m from the finish line. I checked the athlete tracking at Web Link.

Dan Enache has no splits shown. He must not have run.

Diane Heiser finished at 1:01 p.m., Joseph Clark at 1:07, Jin Kim at 1:29, and Kelsey O'Callaghan at 1:49. They were probably out of the area long before the bombs went off.

Paul Fink reached the 40K mark at 2:50 and Sandra Sigurdson (whom I know slightly and am worried about) at 2:52. Since a marathon is about 42.2K long, this is about 2 km from the explosions. At the speed they were running, it wold have taken them at least 10 minutes to reach that point. Even allowing for uncertainty in the exact times, they should still have been far away.

Lori Shoemaker reached 40K at 3:07, well after the bombs.

I'm most worried about Anne Trumbore, who finished at 2:40. It must have been crowded past the finish line, and I hope people were clearing out of the area quickly to make room for others behind them. If she did that, she should be safe.

Posted by Alan Wachtel, a resident of Palo Verde
on Apr 16, 2013 at 3:49 pm

Google has a Person Finder for the Boston Marathon explosions at Web Link. Diane Heiser and Anne Trumbore have been reported to be alive.

Posted by Eric Van Susteren, online editor of Palo Alto Online
on Apr 16, 2013 at 4:59 pm

Eric Van Susteren is a registered user.

Hi Alan,

I spoke with Anne Trumbore this morning. You can read her account of the incidents here: Web Link


Posted by Marylee MacDonald, a resident of College Terrace
on Apr 17, 2013 at 9:53 am

Does anyone have any news about Sandra Sigurdson? I looked at her splits on the Marathon website, and it looked like she was running strong. The final time wasn't posted, and I'm quite anxious about her and anyone who might have been waiting for her at the finish line.

Posted by Alan Wachtel, a resident of Palo Verde
on Apr 17, 2013 at 12:59 pm

Marylee, in my post above I estimated that Sandra was about 2 km from the finish when the bombs went off. That's why there's no final time reported for her; the race was stopped at that point. Joel's post reported that Paul Fink is safe, and Paul was running a couple of minutes ahead of Sandra. So I'm confident that Sandra is OK.

But I don't have any way of knowing about the friends and family of runners who might have been waiting at the finish line.

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