Four local runners participate in Boston Marathon

Aaron and Katie Carrizales of Gering had just completed their first Boston Marathon when they heard what they thought was a cannon firing.

"We were just packing up our things after completing the Marathon," Aaron said. "We heard a couple of booms. It sounded like cannon shots. We cleared the area and got back to our hotel.

"We didn't realize what had happened until later," he added. "We saw emergency vehicles and plenty of police so we knew it was something serious. It's certainly not what you expect when you run a marathon."

The Carrizales' are alright, now resting at their hotel, about three miles from the bombing sight. The trip to the Boston Marathon was a family trip with four-year old son Gavin and Katie's parents, Tom and Libby Lundgren of Morrill. Tom is originally from the Boston area.

Aaron, who teaches at Lincoln Elementary School, and his family are planning on returning to Scottsbluff Wednesday.

Aaron and his wife are avid distance runners as is David Griffiths of Regional West Medical Center of Scottsbluff. "I talked to David afterwards and he is alright," Carrizales said.

A fourth runner from the area was Kyle Custer of Alliance. He ran with Aaron for awhile, and according to Carrizales finished about 40- minutes ahead of him. He had not talked to Custer since the race finished.

Aaron's mother, Karen of Gering, was relieved to hear that her family members were alright. "I was on jury duty today," she said. "When I got home I heard about the tragedy. I was worried because we(her and husband Juan)couldn't reach him by cell. I was so relieved when he was able to get a hold of us. I just can't imagine why somebody would do this type of thing."

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