WATSONVILLE — Salinas resident Daniel Tapia, who ran in the race, was OK after the blast, his brother Arthur Tapia said.
Arthur, who runs Norma’s Restaurant in Watsonville, said his mother and brother routinely travel to see their son Daniel run his races. They managed to send a text message despite reports that service had been shut down.
“When I first found out I was trying to get ahold of them for several minutes,” he said. “ I was happy. I was crossing my fingers that he was OK. “It’s horrible to find out that there are people out there like that.”
Arthur said his brother ran the race in two hours, 14 minutes and 29 seconds, and was ninth overall to cross the finish line. He was the second American to finish, according to the Boston Athletic Association website.
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