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Published April 16, 2013, 06:28 PM

Area runners share experience in Boston

Three people are dead and more than 170 were injured in the blasts at the Boston Marathon. Some of the runners in Boston have local ties to our area.

By: David Schwab, WDAZ

Three people are dead and more than 170 were injured in the blasts at the Boston Marathon. Some of the runners in Boston have local ties to our area.

None of them were injured but they all experienced the fear and chaos in the city after the explosions. The local Red River runners group is holding a special run this evening to honor of those who suffered in the tragedy.

The run is starting here at the YMCA now Three of the members of the club did run in the Boston Marathon. We talked with one of them about their experience in the Boston Marathon tragedy.

Pictured here on the bottom left is Rachel Hellyer, of Grand Forks. She and two other members of the Red River running club took the picture before the Boston Marathon started.

Hellyer, East Grand Forks: "Three of us from Grand Forks all crouched down on the finish line yeah, it was very surreal."

After finishing the race Hellyer was at the family meeting area about a block away from where the explosions occurred.

Hellyer: "It sort of sounded like a construction site like something has fallen on a construction site. Like scaffolding or something."

Hellyer says after discovering what had happen she texted her husband back in Grand Forks to let him know she was safe. Other runners we talked with say they were at a safe distance from the bombs, but close enough to experience fear and chaos.

Lindsey Nelson: "You don't know what is going on. You don't know how to react. You don't know why somebody would do this. Everybody is still in shock. "

Nora Sellheim:"Everybody trying to find somebody that they knew. Or if they were waiting for their families there was kind of that.

While this bombing has struck fear in the runners Chaun Cox, formally from Devils Lake, says this will not deter him from running in other big marathon.

Cox: "You worry more about the people that are watching actually. That is who the person targeted from what I understand."

Those we talked with say they were happy to get out of their hotel today as things calmed down and felt a little safer to be out and about. They said the city is a somber place today, but it did feel like it was business as usual in most places.

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