In the Media – National Indigenous Times

Emma Cameron safe after Boston bombing                                                    


Emma Cameron is safe and well after being caught up in the horror of the Boston Marathon bombing.

Ms Cameron, from Darwin in the Northern Territory, was running in her first ever marathon as part of Robert de Castella’s Indigenous Marathon Project team when two explosions demolished the area around the finish line of the world famous Boston Marathon.

Ms Cameron was the only member of the Indigenous Marathon Project team competing in the event. Thankfully she was still a fair way from the finish when the explosions rocked Boston, which had killed three people and injuring more than 100 competitors and spectators at the time of the National Indigenous Times going to press.

Mr de Castella, who won that same race in 1986, was in the race headquarters 150 metres from the first explosion.

He told the National Indigenous Times in a phone conversation from his hotel all the IMP crew were fine.

“It’s pretty crazy here at the moment but it’s all fine, everyone’s safe and sound,” he said.

He said when the blasts occurred, Ms Cameron, his sole IMP runner in the race was still about an hour away from the finish line.

“The explosions went off at about the four hour mark of the marathon when most of the runners were finishing but Emma was running about five hours so she was still a fair way from the finish when the explosions went off,” Mr de Castella said.

Rob de Castella, who competed on the world stage for 13 years, said the running community look after each other and that was what they did for the first timer in Boston all the way from Darwin.

“She said all of the other runners just looked after her, which was really nice,” de Castella said. “This was her first marathon so she was a little bit overawed by the whole thing but it was just wonderful the way the other runners helped her and supported her,” he said.

“It’s just shock and disbelief that pathetic mongrels are prepared to damage an event like this. “27,000 people from all around the world, from every colour, every race, every religion, every age and every ability coming together and some idiot has decided to do this,” Mr de Castella said.

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