Monday's bombing at the Boston Marathon shot fear into the runners, who sprinted past the very crowd of spectators who seconds later would be injured or killed by the explosions.
FOX News Radio's Eben Brown reports:
At the finish line Boston Marathon runners spent cool down time responding to texts...
(Marathon Runner) "Are you okay? What's going on? You know, ironic that I just happen to cross the literally almost as it was happening."
And realizing that if they paced differently, it could have been them...
(Marathon Runner) "And if we ran her qualifying time, we would have been right there at the bomb."
But it was the spectators, there to enjoy a Boston tradition on a beautiful day...
(Marathon Runner) "I thought of all those people standing there, cheering us. They were families. They were people with baby strollers."
Eben Brown, FOX News Radio.
Around the world, leaders expressing condolences for those affected by the Boston bombings.
FOX News Radio's Alastair Wanklyn takes a look at world reaction:
Japan's government expressed condolences. And so did leaders from Taiwan to Australia.
President Vladimir Putin said Russia is ready to help investigators in Boston, if needed. And Russia's Sports Minister says there'll be beefed-up security at the World Athletics Championships in Moscow in August.
The London Marathon will go ahead as planned this Sunday, but organizers say they're re-examining security.
In Tokyo, Alastair Wanklyn, FOX News Radio.
Along with the rest of the nation and beyond, celebrities are also continuing to react to the explosions at the Boston Marathon.
FOX News Radio's Sabrina Sabbagh has the story:
Among those tweeting their "thoughts and prayers" to the people affected by the tragedy at the Boston Marathon: Lindsay Lohan, Maria Menounos, Dane Cook, Victoria Beckham, Justin Timberlake, Alicia Keys, Eva Longoria, Kim Kardashian, and Arnold Schwarzenegger, who also took time to thank the brave first responders who he says always run toward our greatest fears to save lives. New Kids on the Block singer Joey McIntyre was among the runners in the race, and tweeted that he was safe.
Sabrina Sabbagh, FOX News Radio.
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