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Cellcom Marathon Director Talks About Boston Marathon Involvement


BOSTON, MA, (WTAQ) - The Boston Marathon was marred by violence Monday after a pair of explosions that rocked the finish line. "This is probably the darkest day in marathon history"  said Green Bay Cellcom Marathon Director Sean Ryan who has worked the Boston Marathon for the past six years. 

This year he coordinated more than 80 buses full of running club members who travel to participate in the race.

“It’s Patriot’s Day in Boston, marathon Monday, and to see such a dark cloud cast over this beautiful day it’s really sad and tragic” Ryan said in a phone interview from Boston. 

Ryan says you can’t plan for everything, but Boston Marathon officials envisioned scenarios like this. 

Officials reacted quickly by using buses to grab runners who were stranded on the course. 

Runners had taken shelter at churches, pizza houses, and retailers.  Many didn’t have access to money, cell phones, or transportation. 

Ryan says marathon officials can only prepare how to respond to an incident. 

“You never rule anything out, but you don’t really talk as much about prevention as about response.  You can’t prevent an extremely hot day, you can’t prevent some lunatic from planting a bomb, it’s a matter of how quickly and effectively you respond.”

Ryan had to make a judgment call that cancelled last year’s Cellcom Marathon because of unexpected heat. 

“This event will definitely affect my thinking, and particularly for all the national marathons….it’s probably going to create some significant changes in things, unfortunately.”