UNDATED (WKZO) -- West Michigan runners participating in the Boston Marathon checked in on a Facebook page and there are no reports of any of them being injured in the twin blasts, that left three dead and over 140 injured.
Nearly two dozen runners from the Kalamazoo area ran in the Boston event this year.
By the time the bombs went off Dr. Eric Blackwell, who works at Borgess, had finished the race and met up with his family away from the finish line.
He says the terrorists could have done a lot more damage if they had placed the bombs along the route instead of at the finish line where there were medical tents filled with doctors, nurses and EMT’s.
Blackwell says it won’t deter him from running future marathons; on the contrary, he plans to be back in Boston next year. He says to quit would be to give in to the terrorists.
Jonathon White a terrorism expert who teaches at Grand Valley State says this is what the war on terror looks like now, the small scale attack that can be done by an individual. He says the U.S. Anti-terrorist networks are too good to let any kind of large scale attack succeed.
There were about 70 runners from west Michigan in yesterday’s race, according the Boston Marathon’s website.