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La. marathon runner: "People without limbs" after explosions

3 years 5 months 1 week ago April 15, 2013 Apr 15, 2013 Monday, April 15 2013 April 15, 2013 9:38 PM in News
Source: WBRZ
By: WBRZ Staff

BOSTON - At least one group of runners competing in the Boston Marathon when two explosions occurred said they are all right.

Varsity Sports sporting goods in Baton Rouge had two teams competing in the marathon, and put out on social media that they were okay after the explosions at the race's finish line.

"Bad stuff happening at the finish line. We are OK" is what the team texted them, according to the business's Twitter account.

"There were bodies everywhere," Varsity Sports runner and Baton Rouge native Leo Verde said.

"People without limbs and legs and arms. Little kids being carried away by police officers...The second one went off and that was closer to me. I'd say like 300 yards."

"I was just praying that she was far enough away," Brad Bokun said. His wife, Becky, ran with the same group as Verde.

An hour went by before he finally got through to her.

"They were probably about a half of a block away. They heard the explosion go off," he said. "That's how I found out."

LSU also posted on social media that athletic training students and an associate professor participating in the marathon are also safe.

Race directors for the Louisiana Marathon were also in Boston promoting the 2014 race. They said on Facebook they were in the area when the explosions happened, but that was earlier Monday and left before the attacks to get to the airport and were okay.

According to the Boston Marathon's official website, 95 runners from Louisiana registered to compete in the race.

Google also created a Person Finder, which can be used to locate or share information about people at the Boston Marathon.  Information can be found by clicking here.

IMAGE: Varsity Sports

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