Fruitvale runner safe in Boston

Greater Trail's Heather Johnson completed Boston Marathon before blasts

  • Apr. 15, 2013 7:00 p.m.

Fruitvale runner Heather Johnson is severely shaken but okay after what was intended to be one of the biggest events of her life was shattered Monday when a series of bombs exploded at the Boston Marathon.

Two bombs exploded simultaneously near the finish line of the Boston Marathon around 3 p.m. killing at least two people and injuring over 100. The explosions occurred about an hour and 45 minutes after Johnson completed the race, but she confirmed to the Trail Times that she was safe when contacted by email.

“Yes. We’re OK,” replied Johnson in her email. “We were out of the area when it went down. Feeling pretty sick, both from the race and the horrible events.”

The 31-year-old made the trip to Boston to run in the prestigious event after qualifying in Kelowna in October, 2011. She started the race about 10 a.m. and finished the marathon at 1:15 p.m. in a time of 3:11:05.

About 250 runners from B.C. competed in the marathon, and many were first hand witnesses to the resulting carnage.