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April 16, 2013

Youngstown runner, family escape worst of Boston Marathon explosions


Niagara Gazette — Matt Glynn, son of Niagara Gazette columnist Don Glynn, also ran in Monday’s race. The elder Glynn said his son completed the race in 599th place among male runners with a time of 2:47:15 — an excellent showing of the 27,000 participants. 

With the quick finish, Matt and his family were safely away from the area and on their way home when the explosions occurred.

Also running in Monday’s marathon was Kelli Dimon, 25, of North Tonawanda. She posted on her Facebook page a short time after finishing the race that she was nearby when the explosions took place.

“I just got to my phone ... I am fine, thank goodness,” the post read. “I was actually in the finish line shoot when the bombs went off.”

John Reardon, the recently promoted CEO of Niagara Cerebral Palsy and an avid long-distance runner, was set to compete in his first-ever Boston Marathon on Monday, but a bad back forced him to withdraw from the prestigious race last Friday. Reardon said he’s glad things worked out the way that they did.

“I saw it on television this afternoon. It was awful,” he said by telephone from his Lockport home. “I would have been there. My expected finish time was plus or minus five minutes from the time of the explosion at the finish line. I was pretty shook up when I saw it. I would have had my wife (Glenda) and daughter and her husband and three grandkids waiting for me near where the explosions were.”

Local response may be coming

Area federal law enforcement sources say teams of agents from local Terrorism Task Forces across the United States, including the Buffalo JTTF, have been placed on stand-by with some likely to be sent to Boston and some possibly being dispatched overseas.

Sources say no determination had been made as to whether the Boston attack was domestic or international in origin.

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