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Local runners witness Boston Marathon bombings

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TOLEDO, OH (Toledo News Now) -

Several people from northwest Ohio and southwest Michigan witnesses the bombings at the Boston Marathon that killed 2 and injured dozens more Monday.

Nine members of the Toledo Roadrunners club were running in the race. All are safe and accounted for at this time. Club vice president Kevin O'Conner says they all likely crossed the finish line before the explosions.

"A lot of these runners run for charity purposes. There's no reason, there's no political statements to be made from spectators or runners. Yeah it's horrible. I don't understand why it would happen," said O'Conner.

Sylvania resident George Rosche crossed the fine line just moments before the explosions. Rosche says he went to a post race area to get some Gatorade, a warming blanket and his medal, and that is when he heard the explosions.

"I heard, just behind me, 2 very large explosions that kind of shook my stomach and were obviously very loud on the ears as well. I turned around and saw a good deal of smoke. Maybe 10 or 15 seconds later, a little bit farther up Boylston Street, [I] heard a second explosion, again very loud, a lot more smoke. [I] immediately realized something was going on that was not normal and proceeded to get out of the area," said Rosche.

According to the Boston Marathon registration website, 8 people from Toledo were set to run in Monday's race.

Other area communities with runners in Boston include:

  • Maumee - 3
  • Sylvania - 3
  • Findlay - 4
  • Bowling Green – 2
  • Fremont - 2
  • Sandusky - 1
  • Perrysburg - 5
  • Adrian, MI - 3
  • Monroe, MI – 1

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