hgazette.com, Haverhill, MA


April 18, 2013

City man witnessed horror of Boston Marathon bombings

Feared for members of his volunteer group at event


LaBrode had run in Sunday’s Frozen Shamrock race in Haverhill, and on Tuesday night he was to run in a 5K race in Lowell.

”The Boston Marathon is an institution and it’s not going to stop us from continuing to do this,” he said. “You can never be totally secure anywhere. Things happen, and we saw that. It was a horrible thing ... but we’ll all continue doing what we do. We do this because we love the sport.

”I hate to use the term ‘you never would expect it to happen here,’ but it’s an open field with nothing to stop anyone from watching the race or doing other things,’’ he said. “The London Marathon is this weekend and you have to ask yourself, ‘How do you protect people in an open event?’’’

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