Harborites at Boston Marathon safe from blasts


Three Harbor runners and an Aberdeen High grad who completed the Boston Marathon Monday all finished before two bombs exploded at the race’s finish line, relatives reported.

Bob Martin of Hoquiam, Donald Beatty of Aberdeen, and Tiffany Schweppe of Montesano all ran the 117th Boston Marathon, but finished about 40 minutes before two explosions rocked the Copley Square finish line just before noon Pacific time. AHS alum Maria Rogers of Olympia finished about 20 minutes after them and was also unhurt.

Three people were confirmed dead shortly after the blasts, and at least 144 more were wounded.

Martin’s son Mike said his parents were back at their hotel when the bombs went off. “They figure that they had left the finish line area about 20 minutes before it happened,” Mike Martin said. “They didn’t see anything, but they heard it from their hotel room.”

Marci Martin was there cheering her husband onfrom the sidelines, as was their tradition for the past seven years. “They’re OK. They were a little rattled at first,” Mike Martin said.

Beatty’s office confirmed he was also unharmed, and a family friend reported on Facebook that Rogers was safe.

Schweppe’s father, Russell Duvall, said he had heard from her husband moments after the blasts, and although he could barely hear his son-in-law over the chaos, he did confirm they were both safe.

Her official race time was three hours, 36 minutes, Beatty finished at three hours, 35 minutes and Martin in three hours, 31 minutes. Rogers finished in three hours, 56 minutes.