Cincinnati runners in Boston for marathon when explosion strikes - wistv.com - Columbia, South Carolina

Cincinnati runners in Boston for marathon reportedly all OK

Couple embraces after Boston Marathon explosions (Photo courtesy Elliot Friar). Couple embraces after Boston Marathon explosions (Photo courtesy Elliot Friar).
BOSTON, MA (FOX19) -

Dozens of local runners were in Boston to run the marathon when two explosions rocked the event.

Two explosions happened near the finish line of the Boston Marathon at about 2:50 p.m. ET Monday, nearly three hours after the first of the event's winners crossed.

"We had the windows open on the third floor looking over the finish line, and watching people kind of coming across the finish line, and you heard a huge explosion," said Greg Johnson.

Johnson is one of the runners from Cincinnati who was at the Boston Marathon. He was looking out his window at the Charlesmark Hotel when the explosions happened.

"I saw one person that had both his legs that were blown off.  We saw several other people just severely injured.  It was pretty gruesome," Johnson said in a phone call to store employees while our cameras were there.

Bob Roncker's Running Spot is the training home for some of these marathon runners.  They had a group of about 20-25 runners at the marathon on Monday.

"Overall, from greater Cincinnati, northern Kentucky, there were probably 150 or more that qualified.  Not everybody goes.  We think there's about 25 from our specific training group," said store owner, Bob Roncker.

One of the shop's employees who works to coordinate training groups there says they had other runners close by the scene when the explosions happened.

"We had a runner who was in the Charlesmark Hotel who said he saw it, and we had a runner that was also heading back to the Charlesmark Hotel where she was staying that she couldn't get back that way because the police had already pushed everybody to go the opposite direction," said Joe Fung, who works at the Running Spot.

Fmr. Congresswoman Jean Schmidt and her twin sister were also in Boston running the marathon together. Read about her story here - http://www.fox19.com/story/21984983/jean-schmidt-all-of-a-sudden-i-head-this-boom

In addition, Former Flying Pig champion Alison Delgado ran in Boston. She and her family are okay. Tina Husted, the wife of Ohio Secretary of State Jon Husted, ran the race and is safe.

Colerain High School Principal Maureen Heintz turned to Twitter to let her district know she was safe after running the marathon.

As some of the runners made their way back to Cincinnati Monday night, thoughts turned to future races, like the Flying Pig Marathon in May.

"Our thoughts are with those people who are injured.  Certainly the thought is, 'Okay, how will this affect races perhaps in the future,'" added Roncker.

If you need to track a racer, follow this link http://raceday.baa.org/individual.html

Google has also set up a 'Person Finder' for those affected by the Boston Marathon explosions http://google.org/personfinder/2013-boston-explosions/

Indiana officials have set up a contact number for Indiana residents having trouble contacting family in Boston: (617) 635-4500.

Copyright 2013 WXIX. All rights reserved.

  • Trending StoriesTrending StoriesMore>>

  • 4 dead, 4 injured in Waffle House shooting

    4 dead, 4 injured in Waffle House shooting

    Sunday, April 22 2018 5:55 AM EDT2018-04-22 09:55:32 GMT
    Sunday, April 22 2018 10:31 AM EDT2018-04-22 14:31:08 GMT
    Travis Reinking (Courtesy: Metro Police)Travis Reinking (Courtesy: Metro Police)

    Four people were killed and four others were injured in a shooting at a Waffle House in Antioch. A white man wearing nothing a green jacket went into the restaurant and started firing a gun resembling an AR-15. Police are still searching for him. 

    More >>

    Four people were killed and four others were injured in a shooting at a Waffle House in Antioch. A white man wearing nothing a green jacket went into the restaurant and started firing a gun resembling an AR-15. Police are still searching for him. 

    More >>
  • Woman loses home at auction to former attorney

    Woman loses home at auction to former attorney

    Saturday, April 21 2018 11:11 PM EDT2018-04-22 03:11:04 GMT
    Sunday, April 22 2018 5:23 AM EDT2018-04-22 09:23:15 GMT
    Sawyers watched her Florissant, MO, home go to auction Thursday. The highest bidder was her former attorney. (Source: KPLR/CNN)Sawyers watched her Florissant, MO, home go to auction Thursday. The highest bidder was her former attorney. (Source: KPLR/CNN)

    Sawyers watched her Florissant, MO, home go to auction Thursday. The highest bidder was her former attorney.

    More >>

    Sawyers watched her Florissant, MO, home go to auction Thursday. The highest bidder was her former attorney.

    More >>
  • 4 dead in Nashville Waffle House shooting; suspect sought

    4 dead in Nashville Waffle House shooting; suspect sought

    Sunday, April 22 2018 8:34 AM EDT2018-04-22 12:34:45 GMT
    Sunday, April 22 2018 10:35 AM EDT2018-04-22 14:35:19 GMT
    A customer at the restaurant took the gun from the suspect, who then took off his coat and fled the area. (Source: CNN)A customer at the restaurant took the gun from the suspect, who then took off his coat and fled the area. (Source: CNN)
    Police in Tennessee say three people were killed and four were injured in a shooting at a Waffle House restaurant early Sunday. (Source: CNN)Police in Tennessee say three people were killed and four were injured in a shooting at a Waffle House restaurant early Sunday. (Source: CNN)

    A customer at the restaurant took the gun from the suspect, who then took off his coat and fled the area. 

    More >>

    A customer at the restaurant took the gun from the suspect, who then took off his coat and fled the area. 

    More >>
  • South Carolina news on WIStv.comNEWSMore>>

  • Laughter, tears as former first lady Barbara Bush remembered

    Laughter, tears as former first lady Barbara Bush remembered

    Saturday, April 21 2018 12:04 AM EDT2018-04-21 04:04:04 GMT
    Sunday, April 22 2018 10:35 AM EDT2018-04-22 14:35:36 GMT
    (AP Photo/Evan Vucci). Mourners pause as former U.S. first lady Barbara Bush lies in repose during the visitation of former first lady Barbara Bush at St. Martin's Episcopal Church, Friday, April 20, 2018, in Houston.(AP Photo/Evan Vucci). Mourners pause as former U.S. first lady Barbara Bush lies in repose during the visitation of former first lady Barbara Bush at St. Martin's Episcopal Church, Friday, April 20, 2018, in Houston.

    As the outpouring of tributes continues for Barbara Bush, the general public can pay its respects to the former first lady.

    More >>

    As the outpouring of tributes continues for Barbara Bush, the general public can pay its respects to the former first lady.

    More >>
  • 4 dead in Nashville Waffle House shooting; suspect sought

    4 dead in Nashville Waffle House shooting; suspect sought

    Sunday, April 22 2018 8:34 AM EDT2018-04-22 12:34:45 GMT
    Sunday, April 22 2018 10:35 AM EDT2018-04-22 14:35:19 GMT
    A customer at the restaurant took the gun from the suspect, who then took off his coat and fled the area. (Source: CNN)A customer at the restaurant took the gun from the suspect, who then took off his coat and fled the area. (Source: CNN)
    Police in Tennessee say three people were killed and four were injured in a shooting at a Waffle House restaurant early Sunday. (Source: CNN)Police in Tennessee say three people were killed and four were injured in a shooting at a Waffle House restaurant early Sunday. (Source: CNN)

    A customer at the restaurant took the gun from the suspect, who then took off his coat and fled the area. 

    More >>

    A customer at the restaurant took the gun from the suspect, who then took off his coat and fled the area. 

    More >>
  • Man killed in random knife attack at California steakhouse

    Man killed in random knife attack at California steakhouse

    Saturday, April 21 2018 5:44 AM EDT2018-04-21 09:44:08 GMT
    Sunday, April 22 2018 10:35 AM EDT2018-04-22 14:35:15 GMT
    (Ventura County District Attorney's Office via AP). This undated photo provided by the Ventura County District Attorney's Office shows Jamal Jackson. The homeless man has been charged with murder in a random stabbing attack in which a man was killed wh...(Ventura County District Attorney's Office via AP). This undated photo provided by the Ventura County District Attorney's Office shows Jamal Jackson. The homeless man has been charged with murder in a random stabbing attack in which a man was killed wh...

    A homeless man has been charged with murder in the death of a California father who was stabbed in the neck as his 5-year-old daughter sat in his lap in a crowded beachside steakhouse.

    More >>

    A homeless man has been charged with murder in the death of a California father who was stabbed in the neck as his 5-year-old daughter sat in his lap in a crowded beachside steakhouse.

    More >>
Powered by Frankly