About 100 Alabamians were in Boston for race at time of explosion


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BIRMINGHAM, Ala. (WIAT) – In the aftermath of the explosions at the Boston Marathon that shook the nation to its core and left three people dead and dozens of others injured, many people in Alabama were left with the task of getting in touch with their friends and family who are in Boston for the marathon.

For employees of the Trak Shak in Homewood, it was a difficult task.

Increased cell phone usage in the Boston area assuredly caused phone service to become spotty at best on Monday.

Trak Shak employees received busy signals throughout the day as they hurried to call friends and make sure that everyone was okay.

The store’s manager, Jeff Martinez, says Facebook and Twitter have been the most useful in the efforts to track down friends in Boston. The company’s Facebook page has become an information center for updates about local runners.

“It’s a time for celebration, you know, for the folk who are able to finish that race,” Martinez said on Monday. “ It makes you worry about those that are up there, and it makes you said.”

Martinez says he knows of about 30 people from the Birmingham area participated in the race. Most of the runners he was able to get in touch with had already finished the race or were far from the finish line when the explosions went occurred.

According to the Boston Athletic Association website there are 111 runners from Alabama registered for the marathon.


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