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Published April 15, 2013, 05:59 PM

Grand Forks, Bismarck residents were in Boston for race

In Grand Forks, news of at least one local in Boston is good news. The University of North Dakota's assistant athletics director Jason Hadju sent out a tweet shortly after the news broke about the explosion. He says a former UND women's hockey volunteer, Martin Short, ran in the race but thankfully is safe in his hotel room.

In Grand Forks, news of at least one local in Boston is good news. The University of North Dakota's assistant athletics director Jason Hadju sent out a tweet shortly after the news broke about the explosion. He says a former UND women's hockey volunteer, Martin Short, ran in the race but thankfully is safe in his hotel room.

Martin Short is one of six grand forks area runners WDAZ could find information on. According to the Boston Marathon web page, these runners finished the race.

23-year-old Jacob Reed of Grand Forks.

43-year-old Martin Short of Grand Forks - - his facebook page also says he's okay.

30-year-old Anne-Marie Studor of Grand Forks.

32-year-old Holly Dannewiktz of Grand Forks.

36-year-old Rachel Hellyer of Grand Forks - - her facebook page says she's okay.

And 57-year-old Jon Owen of Luverne.

47-year-old Jon Jensen of Grand Forks was listed as a runner - - he was not there and an employee at his law office says he is safe.


15 people from the Bismarck area are also in Boston for the race. Julie Jeske says she finished the race ten minutes before the explosion and was two blocks away. We talked to her on the phone and she says it's mass chaos.

Jeske: "There was this loud boom and then another one so they were pretty much simultaneous and then we could see this smoke billowing up, everyone just stood there in disbelief just processing what's going on and the gentleman next to me said we gotta get out of here. I said what do you think happened, he said I think it's a bomb. And everyone just kind of panicked."

This is Jeske's 4th Boston Marathon. She says what happened today causes her to rethink large races. Another Bismarck runner, Denice Kalberer, told Jeske she was nervous about this Boston Marathon, and had a strange feeling about it.

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