One of the Springfield-area runners who traveled to Boston for the ill-fated Marathon is safe and sound, having finished well before the explosions that shattered the race.
Joy Guardia was already back in her hotel room when the explosions took place. While she did not hear the blasts themselves, she did hear the sirens from the massive emergency response. Speaking live with 970 WMAY's Kramer, she said that she and others from Springfield who had traveled to Boston were all safe and accounted for.
Guardia says she does not fear for her safety in Boston while waiting to return to Springfield by mid-week, but does wonder what the incident will mean for security procedures for runners and spectators at future major marathons.