Black Hills area marathon runners unharmed in Boston explosions - KOTA Territory News

Black Hills area marathon runners unharmed in Boston explosions


UPDATE: All runners from Black Hills area are safe.

It can be described as shock and horror after two bombs explode at the Boston Marathon Monday. Two people were killed and dozens wounded - many seriously.

The two explosions went off in quick succession at the finish line. The first blast was followed by a cloud of white smoke and just seconds later another explosion and more white smoke.

Complete chaos ensued, with several people running for cover and crying. Early pictures showed numerous victims being transported by wheel chairs and on stretchers to local hospitals.

The Boston Marathon is one of the biggest and premiere races in the country with tens of thousands participating. Six runners from the Black Hills area registered to compete in the Marathon.

Family members, friends or Facebook postings from all six competitors confirm that they crossed the finish line safely before the explosions.

-Joanna Fromm and David Mallams from Rapid City

-Holly Kopplin and Kelli Wilson from Piedmont

-Tori Vette from Spearfish

-Luke Maclean of Custer (status unconfirmed)

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