B.R. and N.O. teams safe following Boston Marathon explosions
The Baton Rouge and New Orleans-area runners participating in today's Boston Marathon as part of the Varsity Sports Running Team are safe this afternoon and were not among those injured or killed in the two unexplained explosions that occurred in downtown Boston shortly before 3 p.m. near the finish line of the race. Jenny Peters, owner of Varsity Sports, says 18 men and women from Baton Rouge and the New Orleans area ran the marathon as part of the Varsity team. She says she has spoken to them and they are all together and doing as well as can be expected under the circumstances. "We were jubilant before the explosion because our men's team had finished second in the race," says Peters. "To have something like this happen now is a terrible tragedy. It is awful to mar something this historic and prestigious." It is unclear if other local runners unaffiliated with Varsity were running the marathon. Neither race officials nor public officials could immediately estimate the number or degree of injuries. About three hours after the winners crossed the line, there was a loud explosion on the north side of Boylston Street, just before the photo bridge that marks the finish line. Another explosion was heard a few seconds later. The Associated Press has more on the explosions here. —Stephanie Riegel
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