Missourians at the Boston Marathon describe ordeal

Apr 16, 2013

More than a dozen Mid-Missourians who participated in the Boston Marathon Monday are describing their experiences to the local media.

Mike Tripp is one of the 16 Columbia marathon runners.

The Columbia Missourian has reported that all the Columbia runners are safe and accounted for. NPR has reported three people are dead with more than 100 injured.

"I think we were about three blocks from the finish, and so we heard it and it was very loud and it didn’t sound like something minor,” said Tripp.

Tripp is planning on leaving Boston Tuesday night.

Runner Ali Hatfield from Kansas City was staying at a hotel in Copley Square where the two bombs went off.

She describes the day after the event as "eerie": "We walked out of our hotel and there was a bomb squad unit right outside the door," she says.

A frequent marathon runner, she keeps a blog dedicated to running on which she posted pictures of her experience during the race and after the explosions.