Nine people from the Central Okanagan completed the 116th running of the Boston Marathon, as the prestigious annual race was rocked Monday by explosions near the finish line.
As of Monday afternoon, CNN was reporting two people had been killed and 49 injured as the result of two bomb blasts, which were reported to be approximately 20 seconds apart.
Among local people competing in the race was Kelowna’s Liza Burgess, 34, who finished the 26.2-mile (42.2 km) run in three hours 21 minutes 45 seconds, well before the explosions.
On her Facebook account, Burgess wrote Monday:
“I am okay. I got out of Boston as soon as I finished. Good thing my leg worked today otherwise I would have been there at the wrong time.”
Liz Borrett, the oldest of the Kelowna contingent at 74, confirmed via Facebook that she was also safe and was accepting her medal at the time the bombs went off.
“All of the people from Kelowna are safe and well,” Borrett later said on CBC’s Radio West.
Borrett finished second in her division (women’s 70 to 74) Monday in four hours 34 seconds.
Cindy Rhodes, 56, was eighth in the women’s 55 to 59 division at 4,831st overall in 3:15:32.
Other results for local runners were: Ryan Onyschuk (Peachland) (3:00:18), Keith Parks (3:29:08), Myung Randall (3:39:04), Laurelee Nelson (3:42:32), Pat Gable (3:59:29) and Corrine Gable (3:59:30).