BOSTON - The Boston Marathon, which was rocked by a pair of explosions on Monday, featured more than 27,000 runners from around the world and here at home.
Dozens of people from Berks County and the Lehigh Valley were signed up to participate in this year's race, according to the marathon's website.
If you know anyone who was running in the marathon, you can also track their last check-ins on the race website. Authorities gave a phone number for people in search of loved ones -- 617-635-4520.
Curt Minich, an employee of the Wyomissing Area School District, and his girlfriend ran in the marathon. Both crossed the finish line about a half-hour before the explosions. They were with a group of about 10 other people from the Reading area. All are okay, Minich said.
Moravian College's head women's soccer coach, Brienne Smith, and her wife ran in the Boston Marathon. They crossed over the finish line just seconds before the blasts. The two are safe tonight as are their moms who were on the sidelines cheering them on.
Nancy Sensenig of Wyomissing was picking up her medal at the Boston Marathon when she heard the blast. She was about 2 blocks away at the time.
Matt Courtesis of Mohnton decided to slow down his pace around mile 15 to avoid injuring himself. He was about 1 mile from the finish line when the bomb went off. He fears he may have been at the finish line if he'd kept up the pace.
Officials have not yet identified any of the injured victims of the explosion, many of whom may also have been spectators.
U.S. Sen. Pat Toomey, R-Pa., was preparing to speak on the Senate floor Monday afternoon when he learned of the tragedy.
"I know my good friend from West Virginia joins me in having our thoughts and prayers go out to the victims and their families of the very, very disturbing news that we just learned this afternoon," Toomey said.
The explosions occurred about three hours after winners finished the 117th annual race, which is billed as the world's oldest annual marathon.
The 26.2 mile race goes from Hopkinton to Boston.
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