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Boston Marathon explosion: Edmond runner calls his wife to report time, safety

BOSTON MARATHON EXPLOSION -- Edmond runner Ryan Siler called his wife to report his time, and that he was safe after two explosions at the finish line rocked the race.
by Juliana Keeping Modified: April 15, 2013 at 3:21 pm •  Published: April 15, 2013
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Alyssa Siler was at home in Edmond when her husband, Ryan, called her with his Boston Marathon time: 2:42:48.

Then he called back - there were explosions at the finish line. He wanted her to know he was safe at his hotel.

"'I just want you to know I'm OK,'" she said he told her. "'I just want you to be able to tell everyone that.'"

He was safe, but looking for a friend.

"They saw it from the hotel window," she said. "They were about a mile and a half away from the finish line."

Siler turned on the news but the stations hadn't yet picked up the story. He called her at 2:28 p.m. She lost contact until about 3 p.m. - his friend was safe, he texted her.

Siler said his call at first confused her -- she had not yet heard about the explosions. Then she felt relief and was overcome with emotion at how close he had come to the area.

Siler said her husband trained for months for the premier athletic event, she said.

 

by Juliana Keeping
Enterprise Reporter
Juliana Keeping is on the enterprise reporting team for The Oklahoman and NewsOK.com. Keeping joined the staff of The Oklahoman in 2012. Prior to that time, she worked in the Chicago media at the SouthtownStar, winning a Peter Lisagor Award...
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