The race goes on

June 25, 2013

Local runner wins first race after Boston Marathon

Contributed Brian Maher, of Issaquah, leads the pack June 2 at the North Olympic Discovery Marathon. Maher won the overall crown in what was his first race after running in the Boston Marathon.

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Brian Maher, of Issaquah, leads the pack June 2 at the North Olympic Discovery Marathon. Maher won the overall crown in what was his first race after running in the Boston Marathon.

Issaquah’s Brian Maher would not call himself a survivor, a label that others tried to attach to him after he competed in the 2013 Boston Marathon.

Yes, he and his wife Elizabeth were in Boston April 15, when two bombs exploded at the marathon’s finish line, but by the time that happened, Maher had already finished the race and the two were resting comfortably away from the chaos.

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Issaquah resident runs for Boston

June 25, 2013

Growing up in Massachusetts, it was always Issaquah resident Robyn Wilson’s dream to run in the Boston Marathon.

“I grew up watching the marathon,” she said. “It was always a goal of mine to run Boston, and I haven’t yet.”

She was not there April 15 when two bombs exploded at the marathon’s finish line, but she estimated that she knew about 40 runners and spectators that were in Boston.

Robyn Wilson

Robyn Wilson

“It was scary, but luckily everyone I knew was just fine,” she said.

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Mother’s Day Dash honors victims of Boston bombings

April 30, 2013

Long before the Boston Marathon bombings happened, members of the Issaquah Schools Foundation came up with the idea of a Mother’s Day 5K run to benefit the foundation.

After the bombings, the foundation decided it wanted to honor the victims during the race, and decided to donate $1 from every entry to the One Fund.

“We did some research and felt like it was very fitting to honor the runners from the Boston Marathon,” Robin Callahan, executive director of the Issaquah Schools Foundation, said in a phone interview.

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Issaquah native among injured at Boston Marathon

April 23, 2013

As the nation watched in horror while two bombs exploded during the Boston Marathon on April 15, killing three and injuring about 180, Issaquah residents and natives were among those affected.

According to the official registration site of the race, nine people who ran listed Issaquah as their place of residence. While one local man had a relatively calm experience, native Adrianne Haslet suffered a life-changing injury.

According to various news reports, Haslet and her husband Adam Davis ran in the marathon, only to be knocked off their feet from the second bomb that exploded a few blocks away from the finish line. She lost her left foot and hearing in her left ear from the shrapnel and impact of the explosion. Davis suffered broken bones and lacerations throughout his body.

Contributed Brian Maher had already finished the Boston Marathon, earning his best time for the 26.2 miles, when the bombs exploded April 15. It was not until he saw the empty streets and heavy military presence that he realized the severity of the situation.

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Brian Maher had already finished the Boston Marathon, earning his best time for the 26.2 miles, when the bombs exploded April 15. It was not until he saw the empty streets and heavy military presence that he realized the severity of the situation.

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Beware: Fake fundraisers are feeding on Boston tragedy

April 23, 2013

Attorney General Bob Ferguson and Secretary of State Kim Wyman warned people not to fall victim to fake fundraisers using the Boston Marathon tragedy to scam people into making bogus contributions.

“My heart goes out to those killed and injured in the explosions at the Boston Marathon — as well as to their friends and families,” Ferguson said. “It’s unfortunate that in this time of national mourning, there are those who would exploit our compassion for their own personal gain — but we want to remind people to be careful with their money and make sure your donation helps those who really need the help.”

Wyman joined Ferguson in cautioning Washington donors to exercise judgment as they respond to the bombings in Boston.

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Nine locals ran in Boston Marathon

April 15, 2013

NEW — 4:45 p.m., April 15, 2013

Two bombs exploded near the finish line of the Boston Marathon at 2:50 EST on April 15, reportedly killing three and injuring more than 100.

Nine entrants in the race listed Issaquah as their city of residence: Mike Bates, Sumanth R. Donthi, Shannon Harrison, Brian E. Maher, Sue Maybee, Ashley C. Mehrens, Rebecca M. Tollefson, Shelby J. Tueffers and Leslie Vona.

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