Valdosta Daily Times

April 16, 2013

Local runners OK following Boston Marathon bombing

Ed Hooper
The Valdosta Daily Times

-- — Three local runners who participated in Monday’s Boston Marathon are OK after explosions rocked the race’s final stretch, injuring dozens and killing at least three as of press time Monday.

Two local runners, Valdosta’s April Scruggs and Hahira’s Sean McConnell, reported finished times, according to the Boston Marathon’s official website.

A third, Valdosta’s Yvette Moore, did not have a reported finish time, but family friends tell The Times Moore is OK, but shaken.

Moore was reportedly 200 yards away from the finish line when the explosion happened.

McConnell finished the race in three hours, 37 minutes and 25 seconds.

Scruggs finished in just over four hours, but was just four minutes ahead of Moore at the halfway mark of the race.

The Valdosta Daily Times has made repeated attempts to contact the local runners, but cellphone service in Boston had been shut down Monday to prevent any possible remote detonations of explosives, a law-enforcement official told the Associated Press.

Some 27,000 runners took part in the 26.2-mile race. The Boston Marathon is regarded as one of the world’s premier marathon events.

Two bombs exploded near the finish line of the marathon.

At least 130 have been injured and three killed, according to initial AP reports.

A third blast rocked Boston’s John F. Kennedy Library several miles away more than an hour later, but no injuries were reported, according to the AP.

The blasts near the race took place almost simultaneously and about 100 yards apart, knocking spectators and runners off of their feet and injuring those who were nearby.