Boston Marathon explosions impact local runners

Posted at: 04/15/2013 7:10 PM
Updated at: 04/15/2013 7:11 PM
By: Stuart Dyson, KOB Eyewitness News 4

At least 80 New Mexico runners were signed up to run in the Boston Marathon – and at least 52 of them were from Albuquerque. The explosions had a huge impact here in our state’s tight-knit competitive running community.

Heart and Sole Sports on San Mateo – one of Albuquerque’s best known running shoe emporiums - had four employees in Boston to run in the race. Many of the other Albuquerque runners in the marathon were customers.

“We were able to make contact with pretty much everybody we know,” said store manager Matt Glasier. “They’re all fine. Everybody we know had finished, had moved on or gone back to their hotels. They were nowhere near the finish line when the bombs went off.”

Meanwhile at ABQ Running Shop off Paseo del Norte, Randy Ariola was trying to check up on his marathon customers, too.

“One runner was already finished, well in advance of the explosions,” Ariola said. “But another runner was close by, we heard, but she is okay and for that I’m thankful.”

Ariola’s assistant Michael Warren knew at least one marathoner in the race.

“My doctor from back home was running in it, and he had not finished yet. I’m worried, but not as worried as other people because, honestly, he was kind of slow,” Warren said.

Runner Michelle Winklejohn, shopping at ABQ, wondered if she knew any of the local runners.

“I mean, because they’re hometown, of course we’re worried,” Winklejohn said. “But we care about everybody who was involved, no matter who, if you were the announcer, if you were running, everybody was hurt up there.”