Boston Marathon Runners From B/CS React To Bombings

*10 P.M. Update*

According to the Boston Marathon website, 911 Texans were registered to run Monday's race.

Of those, six were listed as being from College Station and one from Bryan.

No word on all of those runners, but News 3 found out how the wife of one of the runners was at the finish line when those explosions happened.

A horrifying day in Boston as runners from across the world including several from the Brazos Valley participated in one of the most prestigious marathons.

Dr. Haywood Robinson of College Station was running his tenth Boston Marathon.

His wife Dr. Noreen Johnson was at the finish line waiting for him when the bombs exploded.

"I was pretty close to making my way to the barricade that prevented onlookers from the athletes and then when the first blast went off everyone in the vicinity kind of looked at each other and thought it was louder than a shotgun... Within I guess 15-20 seconds the second one went off and it went off right in front of where I was standing and in that point in time we recognized this is something serious and we ran away," said Dr. Johnson.

She found her husband, who was just five minutes from the finish line when the race stopped.

"I don't know anyone right now who's missing relatives but I'm sure there are individuals who are looking for relatives that are not accounted for," said Dr. Haywood Robinson.

Lan Ly of Bryan had finished about 40 minutes before the explosions and had no idea something had happened until she got a text.

Our interview was even interrupted by an announcement telling those nearby to stay indoors.

"I'm with my family," she said and then was interrupted by a P.A. System saying, "May I have your attention please, may I have your attention please."

"They stopped the race. They redirected all the traffic," added Lan Ly.

"We just hope and pray the best for the family and for the future of this city and this event," said Haywood Robinson.

All three plan on coming home a day after the race but worry the attacks might affect their flights.

Flights had been temporarily grounded at Boston Logan Airport Monday afternoon but have since resumed.

We have not heard any reports of Bryan-College Station runners getting injured.

Stay with KBTX on air and online for the latest on this developing story.

*6 P.M. Update*
The bombings at the Boston Marathon shocked the country and many Texans who were there as well.

According to the Boston Marathon website, 911 Texans ran in Monday's race.

Of those, six were listed as being from College Station, and one from Bryan.

News 3 spoke with two runners and a spectator from the area.

Doctor Haywood Robinson was only about five minutes away from the finish line when the explosions went off ahead of him.

He's a doctor with the College Station Medical Center Professional Building and had done 50 marathons with this one being his tenth in Boston.

The race is always run on Patriot's Day and people from around the world to run one of the world's premiere marathons.

His wife Dr. Noreen Johnson was at the finish lining waiting for him when the second explosion happened right across the street. Luckily neither were hurt.

"This marathon is one of the biggest things the state has every year and of course it's an international, it's a global event. So this act and it seems like it's probably a terrorist act it's something that really damages a very cherished running event," said Dr. Haywood Robinson of College Station.

"I was close enough I could see the athletes on the course and the most vivid one was you know a female athlete who was laying on the ground. And I don't think any of the paramedics or medical personnel had made it to her yet, but she was covered in blood. Her leg was completely shattered," said Dr. Noreen Johnson, wife of Haywood Robinson.

They hope to return home Tuesday night.

Flights had been temporarily grounded during the afternoon.

Also another runner from Bryan Lan Ly had finished her race about 40 minutes before the explosions and was on her way back to her hotel.

She had no idea what had happened until she was texted by friends from Aggieland.

She and her family were being advised to stay off the streets of Boston when News 3 spoke with her.

"They stopped the race. They redirected all the traffic so I'm watching all the runners. I'm watching them walking different parts of the neighborhood. It' s unfortunate people who worked really, really hard aren't able to finish the race," said Lan Ly of Bryan.

As of now News 3 has not heard any reports of runners from the B/CS community being injured.

We will continue to follow the latest details coming out of Boston Monday evening and will bring you more on News 3's 10 at Ten.


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