We have been trying to get in touch with locals who were running in the marathon, but the cell service hasn't been that great up in Boston. We were able to get in touch with a man from Evans who lives in Boston now and we also talked with a local track and field coach.
We spoke to Jason Lind. He graduated from Lakeside High School in Evans. Lind is currently studying journalism at Boston University and he says he was covering the Boston Marathon for the school's news service.
"I was on my back to where I live which is actually right near Fenway Park and it was around the time the Red Sox game was getting out. I wasn't there when the explosion happened. I was there maybe 30 minutes before and as soon as I got back to my apartment was when text messages starting coming in and I started seeing the coverage of the explosion so I assume it happened 30 or 45 minutes after I left. I was actually there with my roommate and we were both walking back together," says Lind.
We also spoke with ASU Cross Country Coach Adam Ward. He runs in marathons pretty frequently and says he knows several people who ran in the Boston Marathon.
"Some of the folks I know locally that are running that I know through the running club and things like that, they seem to be doing fine. Their big thing they said was that it was hard to make communication because they had shut down all mass transit. So they had to walk from wherever they were back to the hotel and things like that," says Ward.
Ward says that in the midst of the chaos, his friends were trying to find each other first. He says a lot of them had to stop the race and they weren't even sure what was happening. As for future marathon races, Ward says he thinks there will be more security at big events... and he says the events in Boston changed things for him and his family.
"It won't cross my mind as a competitor to go and continue to compete. Would I think twice about having my family there? Definitely. Because that is who got hit, I think more than anything, there were kids, mothers, fathers, grandparents waiting for a loved one to come across," says Ward.
We are still trying to confirm that a few other local runners are okay. If you know someone from the CSRA who was in the race... Please email me at firstname.lastname@example.org
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