Mammoth Lakes runners safe in Boston, Kastor says

Runners from the Mammoth Track Club and representatives of Mammoth Lakes are apparently safe in Boston, where two bombs killed two and injured dozens more near the finish line at the Boston Marathon on Monday, April 15.

The track club’s Josh Cox, a distance runner, sent a tweet saying “I'm safe. Scary.”

Meb Keflezighi, who did not run in the race but was in Boston to promote his foundation, also tweeted that he too was safe.

“I am okay, but concerned about others,” he wrote. “My thoughts and prayers are with them and their families. Stay strong.”

In Mammoth, after spending much of the afternoon accounting for Mammoth athletes, track club coach Andrew Kastor said the team’s 7 a.m. practice Tuesday, April 16, at the Whitmore Track, would be “a run to remember those affected by the happenings of the Boston Marathon and a showing of our strength as a running community.”

Kastor, sending an email blast to track club members, wrote,

“By now most of you have heard of the tragedy at the Boston Marathon this afternoon.  What is typically deemed the ‘Pinnacle Event’ of our sport of running was converted into a horrifying scene of mayhem about two hours after the elite runners crossed the finish line. 

“To my knowledge no one from the Mammoth Lakes area has been injured by the bombings in Boston today.”