All Trinis in Boston Marathon safe

PORT OF SPAIN — Four Trinidad and Tobago citizens were among 25,000 entrants who participated in the 2013 Boston Marathon which was yesterday marred by two explosions at the finish line that left two people dead and 23 others injured.

The four citizens are Marlon Bascombe, 32, of Brooklyn, New York; Christopher Battoo, 25, of Brookline, Massachusetts; Ingrid Mathison, 50, of West Hempstead, New York; and Learie Lezama, 53, of St. James.

Lezama, an executive member of the Trinidad and Tobago Road Runners Club, is alive and well, according to his son Kariym.

“I was not able to talk to him myself but I have been told he is fine,” Kariym told the Express in a telephone interview yesterday.

Kariym has an uncle living in Boston.

Lezama, finished yesterday’s marathon at a time of three hours, 28 minutes and 35 seconds and placed 8050 overall.

More than 30 minutes after Lezama crossed the finish line, four hours, nine minutes and 49 seconds into the race, the explosions occurred.

Bascombe tweeted “I’m safe guys”.

The explosions happened behind the national flags, including the Trinidad and Tobago flag, that lined the route to the finishing line.

Battoo, who placed 11,579 overall in the race, also crossed the finish line before the explosions occurred.

Mathison and Bascombe did not finish the race, according to results from the Boston Athletic Association.

Runners who had not finished the race were diverted away from the race route and to a family meeting area.

Trinidad and Tobago’s Ambassador to the United States, Neil Parsan, said the embassy is currently “pursuing information” to determine the status of this country’s citizens who participated in the Boston Marathon, either as runners or spectators. (Express)

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