Many local runners competed in Boston Marathon

From Staff and wire Reports Published:

Boston -- Numerous area athletes -- including two runners from Macedonia and one from Sagamore Hills -- participated in the Boston Marathon April 15, where explosions near the finish line of the prestigious race resulted in at least three fatalities and more than 100 injuries, according to reports April 15.

"I was at the Lenox overlooking the finish line when the bombs went off," Mark Godale, 43 of Aurora, said. "People were running into the hotel crying and screaming. I went up to the fourth floor where a friend has a room overlooking the finish line. I could see the blood and damage from the bomb."

According to the official website for the race, Runners from Hudson included Michael Juppe, 59; Nick Kelly, 22; Steve Klein, 32; Ronald Kuczma, 65; Brian Passell, 56; and Jeffrey Ziol, 51.

Three runners from Twinsburg, three runners from Cuyahoga Falls, three runners from Stwo, and numerous others from other Northeast Ohio communities competed in the marathon.

It was not immediately clear what kind of devices had been found April 15. An official said the first two did appear to be bombs. The official spoke on condition of anonymity because he was not authorized to discuss the findings publicly.

According to the Associated Press, one runner in the marathon, a Rhode Island state trooper, said he saw at least two dozen people with very serious injuries, including missing limbs.

About two hours after the winners crossed the line, there was a loud explosion on the north side of Boylston Street, just before the photo bridge that marks the finish line. Another explosion could be heard a few seconds later.

Competitors and race volunteers were crying as they fled the chaos. Bloody spectators were being carried to the medical tent that had been set up to care for fatigued runners. Authorities went onto the course to carry away the injured while stragglers in the 26.2-mile race were rerouted away from the smoking site.

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