All but one of the seven people from Aspen, Snowmass and Carbondale who ran in the Boston Marathon, which was the scene of a bomb attack on Monday, have been confirmed safe.
The one person who could not be reached, Andrew Henry of Snowmass Village, finished the race an hour before two explosions tore through the finish-line area.
At least three people were killed and 140 injured in the blasts. About 23,000 people were signed up to run the race, which is one of the most prestigious and oldest marathons in the world.
Robin Schiller of Carbondale, a local architect, crossed the finish line just 3 minutes before the explosion, but was unharmed, according to staff at his CCY Architects office in Basalt.
Will McNamara, Brandon Cooper, Nicole Cavarra, Adam Frisch and Allison Pattillo all said they were OK, either through direct communication with the Aspen Daily News or via postings on social media.
Cooper, 25, who finished the race in 2:53:36, was eating a post-race meal at his hotel two blocks from the finish when the blasts occurred. People began running into the lobby and shouting about the bombs after the blasts, he said.
“It’s a terrifying mess here,” he said. “... I’ve never seen so many police cars.”
Cooper noted that the bombs went off at the 4-hour, 9-minute mark, which is right around the time when “average-Joe” marathoners cross the finish line.
Frisch said he finished the race about 35 minutes before the bombs, and was in a restaurant about three blocks away with his wife Katy when the explosions happened. He said he couldn’t hear the blasts, but saw emergency vehicles rushing toward the scene. Restaurant staff then turned on the television and it became apparent what was happening.
“It’s hard to believe I was just three blocks away,” he said.
Frisch, an Aspen City Council member who is running for mayor, said the incident brought back bad memories. He was working on the 100th floor of the World Trade Center in New York in 1993 when the buildings were attacked by a truck bomb, leaving him stuck in the skyscraper for hours. He also was living in the city during the terror attacks of Sept. 11, 2001.
Two separate blasts, about 15 seconds and 50 to 100 yards apart, were the cause of the terror in Boston on Monday. No one had claimed responsibility, and police had not taken anyone into custody as of Monday evening. Two other unexploded bombs were found near the scene and dismantled.