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April 16, 2013

Marathoner’s friends ‘scared to death’


Gallatin, Tenn. —

As of around 6 p.m. Monday, it was reported that as many as 100 people had been injured in the blasts. Two people were reportedly killed. The blasts had taken place in the spectator areas of the marathon, and police reportedly discovered additional explosive devices in the area and detonated those devices safely after spectators and runners in the area were evacuated. 
“Evil people do evil things,” said Taylor.
Of the around 22,000 runners in the race, 120 of them registered as Kentuckians, and 261 registered from Tennessee. Although the explosions appeared to target spectators at the event, several runners were injured as well. 
“Whoever did this is targeting people,” said Taylor. “It’s fearful to know ... you’re not safe anywhere really.”
Details about the explosive devices, including what was in the devices that caused such injuries as lacerations, broken bones, head injuries and even amputated limbs, according to witnesses, was still being gathered Monday. 
Police announced one person was being questioned as of Monday, but no arrests had been made.
Runners often strive to participate in the Boston Marathon — a race that requires a qualifying time to participate — at least once in their lives. Taylor was able to do that in 2012. It’s an experience to remember for all participating runners. 
But after this year’s attack, the event may never quite be the same. 
“That (the Boston Marathon) is sacred to runners,” added Taylor. “It’s terrifying.”

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