Santa Barbara Runners Recount Boston Marathon Bombing

Gary Clancy and Katie Vining Escaped the East Coast Event Unharmed

Tuesday, April 16, 2013
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When two bomb blasts shattered the Boston Marathon on Monday, Gary and D.J. Clancy ran away from the finish line in opposite directions. Gary was in the 26th mile of the race, about to turn onto the finishing stretch of Boylston Street, when he heard two booms. “I first thought maybe a crane collapsed,” he said. “Then the police ran out on the road and stopped us. After 20 minutes or so, they told us to evacuate the course. The race was over. It wasn’t my first Boston [Marathon], so it wasn’t the end of the world for me. But with only a half mile to go, others really wanted to finish.”

D.J., his wife, was in a family reunion area beyond the finish line. “I heard the explosions and saw smoke,” she said. “I knew it was a bomb. I didn’t know how close Gary was. Ambulances were screaming down the street. We all took off. They said there might be another bomb, and we started to run.” The Santa Barbara couple’s separation, fortunately, did not last long. They both were able to find their way back to their hotel, the Back Bay Hilton, which was out of the evacuation zone.

As they got caught up with the news, the enormity of the occasion began to sink in—the three deaths, the scores of ghastly injuries. Gary was one of two dozen Santa Barbara area runners in the marathon, many with families. “We started texting each other,” said Gary, at 68 years old the oldest of the contingent. “‘You OK? You OK?’” All reported they were safe and sound—from Curly Guillen, who finished in two hours, 35 minutes, to four-hour runner John Voorhis.

Gary had run the Boston Marathon five times previously, and he does not intend Monday’s attempt to be his last. The terrorism only strengthened his feelings toward the city that has celebrated running for more than a century on Patriots’ Day, a state holiday. “We love Boston,” he said. “The city is really taking this personally. It’s one of the biggest days of the year. You can’t stop this marathon from continuing.” D.J. said, “I commend Boston. The people have been wonderful. The police and emergency workers have done everything they can to make us secure.”

Katie Vining, another Santa Barbara runner who finished the marathon in 3:28 – about a half hour before the explosions – offered this account:

“I had finished the race in a fair amount of pain and was considering my options. I thought I would either go to the med tent for a massage and some hydration or I would attempt a walk back to the hotel for a hot bath. I was so cold I thought I would go for the bath. My hotel wasn’t too far from the finish. When I got back to my room and my phone I had messages of congratulations followed my messages asking me if I was OK. I also had a message from my husband who was with my 7-month-old son. It said: ‘Great race. You rock. My phone is going to die. We are on our way to you.’ I turned on the TV. I saw the bombs. I was in shock and for a moment my world went black. Where were they? Were they on their way to me at the finish? Are they OK? Alive? It was terrifying. I finally got through to them through a friend. I felt relieved, followed by panic for the safety of all of my friends who were running.

“Today I am in shock and exhausted. Exhausted by my effort, for which I felt proud, and exhausted by my grief for those people who were injured and those three people who lost their lives. The Boston Marathon is such a special event. I feel honored to have been a participant. I am so sad about these events.”


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"They kept making announcements to the participants do not worry, it's just a training exercise," Coach Ali Stevenson told Local 15.

Stevenson said he saw law enforcement spotters on the roofs at the start of the race. He's been in plenty of marathons in Chicago, D.C., Chicago, London and other major metropolitan areas but has never seen that level of security before.

"Evidently, I don't believe they were just having a training exercise," Stevenson said. "I think they must have had some sort of threat or suspicion called in."

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A few hours before the Madrid Bombings, NATO carried out a terrorism exercise in Madrid.

Former Secretary General of NATO, Jaap de Hoop Scheffer, described it as a "coincidence" that, on 4 March 2004, there was an anti-terrorist exercise (CMX-04) in Madrid, finishing just a few hours before the bombings.

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"It's not coincidence, 's been too many studied incidents
It coulda been the Klan who put that bomb at the Olympics
But it probably was the FBI, deep at the call
'Cause if they make us all panic then they can start martial law

loonpt (anonymous profile)
April 17, 2013 at 12:17 p.m. (Suggest removal)

And why would the FBI want to murder an 8yo boy LoonPt?

Ken_Volok (anonymous profile)
April 17, 2013 at 2:10 p.m. (Suggest removal)

Loonpt, you're living up to your name.

It adds insult to the injury and loss suffered in Boston (and everywhere else you mentioned in this rant) to support this kind of unhinged theory.

Our gov't and country aren't perfect. Far from it, but this is just waaay off base.

Native1 (anonymous profile)
April 17, 2013 at 3:43 p.m. (Suggest removal)

It was only a matter of time before the cloak and dagger enthusiasts came out of the woodworks.

Ken_Volok (anonymous profile)
April 17, 2013 at 4:45 p.m. (Suggest removal)

My name is after a bird and a location, not a mental state.

And Ken, the answer is that people who run our government (as opposed to people who are simply members of government) are psychopaths with an agenda. They murdered over 3,000 people on 9/11 because they wanted to start and endless war on terror to take on economically strategic enemies in the Middle East, curtail individual liberties and profit trillions of dollars off of the military industrial complex. Of course there were many other reasons, such as getting rid of key evidence in the ongoing Enron and WorldComm scandals along with many other ongoing investigations by the FEC which were all contained in Building #7 that mysteriously collapsed that day like a controlled demolition, at near-free fall speeds into its own footprint.

Members of The Project for a New American Century, PNAC, including Elliott Abrams, Richard Armitage, John Bolton, Dick Cheney, Donal Rumsfeld, Paul Wolfowitz and many others (listed below) wrote in 1999 that the United States NEEDED a catalyzing event, a "New Pearl Harbor" in order to unite the country militarily so that they could go after strategic targets.

Back in the 1960s, the Joint Chiefs of Staff signed off on a plan to create false flag terror attacks against the American people and Cuban refugees in order to start a war with Cuba. It's called "Operation Northwoods" and it is freely available for anybody to read at the National Security Archive:

There is absolutely no reason to think that the "FBI" WOULDN'T murder an 8 year old boy, or hell, 8 million 8 year old boys. The FBI and other intelligence agencies are just a tool of the elite, like our military. Our military has murdered hundreds of innocent children in just Pakistan with drone strikes. Our sanctions and bombing in the 90s killed about a million people in Iraq, about half were children.

loonpt (anonymous profile)
April 17, 2013 at 5:04 p.m. (Suggest removal)

Personally I find such equivocations to be nearly as inhumane as the acts of murder themselves. It's adopting an attitude of "well we killed so many children here, what's it matter if a few get killed here" whether it be the perpetrator or the armchair pundit. Not to mention you completely omit the large antiwar movement here in the US and the protests against the very actions of which you speak LoonPt.

Ken_Volok (anonymous profile)
April 17, 2013 at 5:16 p.m. (Suggest removal)

Here are some helpful pictures if anybody wants to assist with the investigation:

It appears there is a white individual with a beard and a backpack that very much resembles one of the backpacks that was detonated, although he appears to have his backpack on in all of the pictures. Could he be the Tea Party "Patriot" Patsy the government wanted to blame this on? Could he have gotten scared and bailed early? Or not put down his pack to detonate, ruining their plan to capture him? Is that why we didn't have a suspect in this case right away? There is surveillance literally EVERYWHERE in that area, there is no reason for a lack of suspect for so long on the part of the establishment.

Two other individuals who appear Middle Eastern, one of them with a backpack that appears to contain a pressure cooker and the other with a large duffle bag. The backpack appears to be gone in the very same photo with the "Tea Party Patriot" who still has his backpack in the zoomed out photo of the crowd.

The most interesting, of course, is yet ANOTHER group of individuals, in this case 3 of them, who appear to be apart of The Craft, a government security contractor similar to Blackwater. They are wearing headsets, wires and one of them has a large backpack. I wonder what they are up to.

loonpt (anonymous profile)
April 17, 2013 at 5:34 p.m. (Suggest removal)

Ken, I can't believe you just put those words into my mouth.

I won't report it, but the Indy really should remove your comment for violation of the terms of service. That is a horrible thing to say about someone who never insinuated any such thing.

I'm insinuating that the same people who are responsible for murdering millions of children put their poster boy Obama up to cry when we have a couple dozen innocent children in our country die (probably caused by the very same people) so that they can take away our right to protect ourselves, and not only is that hypocritical but it is disgusting.

I'm also not saying that any innocent person deserves to die or be saved more than any other, but perspective is healthy when you consider the number of innocent people dying from various causes in various locations.

loonpt (anonymous profile)
April 17, 2013 at 5:42 p.m. (Suggest removal)

Too much beef and butter?

zappa (anonymous profile)
April 17, 2013 at 5:45 p.m. (Suggest removal)

Grass-fed of course, and yes omega 3 fatty acids do promote mental cognition. When I was mostly vegetarian I didn't eat much in the way of wheat - got most of my nutrition from legumes, rice, vegetables, fruit and occasionally fish.

loonpt (anonymous profile)
April 17, 2013 at 6:12 p.m. (Suggest removal)

I reread my comment for objectionable content and find none. It is useful for writers to know how their words are coming off to readers as opposed to typing in a vacumn; sharing that perception sometimes comes across as putting words in the mouth of the originating party.
I know Tea Partiers hate being called TeaBaggers because of the homoerotic connotation, but "Tea Party" was also once gay slang for anonymous multipartner carnal relations, i.e. "Rick and Jack met at a tea party on Fire Island." Remember that next time you tout the Tea Party as some transcendental political movement.

Ken_Volok (anonymous profile)
April 17, 2013 at 6:25 p.m. (Suggest removal)

loonpt, indeed, how 'bout nuttyheadland...

DrDan (anonymous profile)
April 17, 2013 at 6:33 p.m. (Suggest removal)

Loonpt: Even without 9/11 I'm sure our government would have found ways to con the American Sheeple into supporting their endless war machine.

If nothing else, the way this country has propped up dictators supports my point.

billclausen (anonymous profile)
April 18, 2013 at 3:30 a.m. (Suggest removal)

BC, I completely agree about our endless war machine. Why hasn't the sequester cut our military budget in half as we were assured it would do??

DrDan (anonymous profile)
April 18, 2013 at 4:02 a.m. (Suggest removal)

9/11 was so traumatic to the American psyche that most people here have completely forgotten the effect it had, similar to how a small child might be able to forget or block memories of traumatizing abuse by an adult....however it always remains in the subconscious.

I mean, look, Bill Clinton bombed Iraq every year he was President and 99% of Americans are completely ignorant and think we stopped bombing them sometime when Bush Sr. was President. So in a sense, we could have continued our covert wars against these countries. But you know what? The neocons were tired of using drug money that the CIA got from smuggling cocaine into the country (much of it through Mena, AK while Bill Clinton was Governor) and they wanted to be able to use tax dollars to fund their wars.

The idea that we could have gone to war with several countries for no reason with the support and funding of the American public, which has dragged us into bankruptcy, is both ignorant and completely insane. You sound like Republicans in 2004, that is really how ignorant that statement sounds. So many Obama supporters sound like Bush supporters these days too, it makes me kinda ill.

loonpt (anonymous profile)
April 18, 2013 at 11:11 a.m. (Suggest removal)

Ken, you insinuated that I said it was "ok" that innocent kids here die because innocent kids in Afghanistan die, that is the part of your post that I found objectionable and I wish would be deleted by Indy staff. It is not "ok" that innocent people here die, it is just wrong that people become so hyper-focused on those deaths, in part because our President gets up and cries over them while our President is simultaneously murdering children in other countries. I'm pointing out the hypocrisy, I'm not trying to minimize what happened here. The fact that the establishment and media are being so blatantly hypocritical leads me to believe that this whole thing is designed and scripted into their agenda.

And why do you think I "tout the Tea Party as some transcendental political movement" ???

All I said was that the government was going to try and blame the Boston Marathon bombing on a Tea Partier because the Tea Party happens to support the 2nd amendment and the marathon happened to be a tribute to the Sandy Hook victims. I'm just saying they had political motivation and it looks like they had a group of about 6 or more individuals involved in the bombing and something went hinky, one of their patsies must not have been drugged up enough.

loonpt (anonymous profile)
April 18, 2013 at 11:22 a.m. (Suggest removal)

"Why hasn't the sequester cut our military budget in half as we were assured it would do??"




The legislation that gave the President the authority to go to war without congressional authorization was signed after 9/11. It was signed because of 9/11.

Everything since then, that congress has signed with regards to military and homeland security, has been in the auspice of 9/11.

If you people are going to argue about this stuff and pretend that I'm crazy, you should probably think a little more critically about what you are arguing about.

loonpt (anonymous profile)
April 18, 2013 at 11:35 a.m. (Suggest removal)

Your words do insinuate as much, don't get mad at me- I didn't write them. If you don't want people to think that, I'm sure the Indy will happily remove it if you ask. Don't get mad at me because of the connotations of your own post.

Ken_Volok (anonymous profile)
April 18, 2013 at 12:29 p.m. (Suggest removal)

22 murdered vs 400+ murdered

I state the media and the American public are minimizing the 400+ murders and because of that you say that I am minimizing the 22 murders? How? Is there a way in which I can communicate that the media and the American public is minimizing the 400+ murderswithout sounding like I'm minimizing the 22 murders to you?

loonpt (anonymous profile)
April 18, 2013 at 5:36 p.m. (Suggest removal)

I'd start by not thinking this thread is all about me.

Ken_Volok (anonymous profile)
April 18, 2013 at 7:27 p.m. (Suggest removal)

Don't forget, anytime "The Children" can be exploited, those with agendas will do so--as proven by what happened at Sandy Hook.

As others have pointed out, men, women, children and animals are dying horrible deaths thanks to the Endless War in the Middle East every day while the Boston Marathon and Sandy Hook get nonstop coverage.

billclausen (anonymous profile)
April 18, 2013 at 8:42 p.m. (Suggest removal)

Boston Bomber's Father, Mom, Aunt: "Staged", "Framed", "Set-up" "Inside Job"

Mom: FBI monitoring my boys for years... | 'What I can say is I am really sure, I am like 100-percent sure that this is a set-up'

Aunt: 'Where is evidence? I'm suspicious that this was staged'...

Father: 'I believe special services have framed my children'...

Father: 'If they kill my second child, I will know it's an inside job'...

loonpt (anonymous profile)
April 19, 2013 at 5:53 p.m. (Suggest removal)

Far be it from me to contradict somebody's mother.

Ken_Volok (anonymous profile)
April 19, 2013 at 6 p.m. (Suggest removal)

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