Boston Marathon’s Credit Union Participants, Volunteers Unhurt

Credit unions, thankful that none of their participants were injured in Monday’s Boston Marathon terrorist attack, turned Tuesday to making decisions on future credit union events, setting up funds to assist victims and families, and expressing their shock at the turn of events.

The two explosions killed three people and injured more than 144 people at the finish line of the Boston Marathon in the worst attack on U.S. soil since Sept. 11, 2001.

Nine credit union running teams participated, representing Credit Unions Kids at Heart, which teams runners with patient partners from Boston Children’s Hospital, said Burlington, Mass.-based EasCorp. They ran with a fundraising goal of $100,000 for the 2013 Boston Marathon season.

“Following the tragedy at the finish line of the Boston Marathon on Monday, we want you to know that all of the Credit Unions Kids at Heart runners, their patient partners and families are safe and sound, and bound for home if they are not already there,” said EasCorp on its website. “We are nonetheless sorrowed by this senseless turn of events, and our prayers are for those who were injured or killed.”

Runners and their partners and sponsors included:

Kerri Comolli, running for Seamus Slattery, 12, and  Igor Ivno, running for Matt Bridges, 9, both sponsored by Marlborough, Mass.-based Digital FCU; Austin Braithwait, running for Timmy Stevens, 20, and Sue Sonia, running for Cameron Murray, 4, both sponsored by EasCorp; Jay Johnson, running for Davis Randall, 10, sponsored by Callahan & Associates Inc.;

Kris Biagiotti, running for her daughter Kayla Biagiotti, 18, sponsored by Money One FCU, Largo, Md.; Ray Phillips, running for Andy Martin, 17, sponsored by Hanscom FCU, Hanscom AFB, Mass.; and Nicole Bedard, running for Everett Chase, 9, sponsored by Jeanne d’Arc CU, Lowell, Mass.; and Tim Burch, running for Kyle Reilly, 13, NASA FCU, Bowie, Md.

It was the first Boston Marathon race for Comolli, Johnson, Sonia, and Ivno.

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