A Humboldt native competed in his first Boston Marathon on Monday, but finished about 50 minutes ahead of the explosions that rocked the finish line of the race, killing three and wounding more than 170 people.
Trent Biederman, 34, Aurora, IL, is the son of Dave and Mary Biederman of Humboldt. Trent and his wife, Megan, were safe and sound and about a mile away from the blast, back at their motel, at the time the explosion occurred, about 1:50 p.m. Iowa time Monday.
“He finished about 50 minutes ahead of that, but we didn’t know that and were very scared and concerned for a time Monday afternoon,” Mary Biederman said.
“The cell service had been shut down and we couldn’t get in touch with him. He texted our daughter and told her he was OK, but we were on pins and needles for about a half an hour or 40 minutes, not knowing,” Mary said.
Trent was able to call his parents later in the afternoon.
Trent is an avid runner and has competed in several marathons, but this was his first Boston Marathon. He finished the 26.2-mile race in a time of 3 hours and 17 minutes, and was 5,260th overall and 2,617th in his division.
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