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.
Below is a list of the Palo Alto residents who were registered to run the race. Note that this does not include the residents' families and friends who may have attended, as well.
Glen Anderson, 45, M
Jennifer Baer, 41, F
Karen Burns, 45, F
Stephen Burns, 48, M
Joseph Clark, 51, M
Dan Enache, 48, M
Paul L. Fink, 64, M
Diane Heiser, 29, F
Rupesh Kapoor, 41, M
Jin Kim, 37, M
Kelsey O'Callaghan, 23, F
Meghan T. Purdy, 25, F
Lori D.Shoemaker, 45, F
Sandra A. Sigurdson, 56, F
Shealan D. Singh, 39, F
Thomas Tayeri, 4,8 M
Anne Trumbore, 46, F
Jessica P. Williamsen, 26, F
Riya Suising Young, 45, F
William C. Zaslow, 4,1 M
The Weekly has learned that Meghan Purdy and Rupesh Kapoor didn't run in the race because of injuries. Comments on the website Palo Alto Patch indicate that William C. Zaslow, Shealan D. Singh and Jennifer Baer either didn't participate in the race or checked in to say they were OK. Glen Anderson is also accounted for.
Anne Trumbore, Jessica Williamsen, Thomas Tayeri and Riya Young, also known as Riya Suising, all told the Weekly they finished the race long before the blasts occurred.
Suising said she was waiting in line at the marathon's complimentary massage booth about 45 minutes after completing the race when she heard the explosions.
"It sounded like thunder, but it was different," she said. "The staff told all the runners and massage therapists to evacuate. Then we knew it was serious."
Suising, who was three blocks away from the blasts, said she began hearing signs of the explosions, including sirens and passers-by.
"I saw two ladies holding each other, crying in tears, maybe about a relative," she said. "It turned out not to be a great day, but we're all very fortunate to be safe."
Williamsen confirmed that she had finished about 30 minutes before the blasts occurred and that she and her family were well clear of the area.
Tayeri's wife confirmed to the Weekly that Tayeri was fine, having finished at around 1 p.m., almost two hours before the blasts occurred. He was on his way to the airport when he heard about the explosions.
Story commenters on Palo Alto Online's Town Square said that Paul Fink and Stephen and Karen Burns were OK, as well.
Palo Alto resident Felice Kelly went to support her sister, Natalie, at the race. She followed her sister through a late portion of the race until the crowds were too thick for her to continue.
After Natalie finished the race at around 2 p.m., the two sisters were getting a sandwich about three blocks away when someone ran in, saying that shots had gone off. Neither of the sisters, nor Menlo Park resident Laura Blaich, heard the blasts. Blaich was also about three blocks away at a public transportation station.
Kelly said she worries about the effect the blasts will have on the sport.
"In a weird way I hope it doesn't change marathons, partly because they're public and open and free -- there's a bit of risk you have to accept."