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UPDATED: Several area runners in marathon ok

Posted: Updated: April 15, 2013 08:54 PM
Kevin Carboni Kevin Carboni

LA CROSSE, Wisconsin (WXOW) - A local runner who has run in the Boston Marathon in the past can't imagine what it must be like at the scene.

Two people are dead and dozens injured in two explosions at the finish line of the race.

Kevin Carboni ran the marathon as a pace runner but not an official entrant.  He told News 19 Monday afternoon.  "I can't imagine what it would feel like on that last stretch in Boston-to see carnage like that-people on the ground bloody.  People that severely injured."

Carboni says one of the local runners he knows was in the race, but sent out a message via facebook that he's OK.

As of 8:45 p.m. Monday, a friend was reporting that Julie Wieser, of La Crescent, was safe in Boston after participating in the race.  

James Stenulson, of Onalaska, as well as Deborah Markos and Amy Zietlow, also of Onalaska confirmed they are safe through social media Monday afternoon. A message on Stenulson's facebook page read that Judith Schmidt, of Sparta, is safe as well. 

Dan Buvid and Kristie Shappell of La Crosse are also confirmed to be safe via social media, said Cheryl Franta, a mutual friend and former president of a local runners' club.

Franta said Markos reported via facebook she was crossing the finish line as the bombs went off. Shappell was not able to finish the race due to the explosions shutting down the course. 

Laura O'Flaherty, of La Crosse, was confirmed to be safe by a friend. Ryan Callan, of Coon Valley, is OK according to a family member via Twitter. 

Kelli Moretter-Bue, formerly of Onalaska who now lives in Eden Prairie, Minn., was confirmed as safe by a family member via facebook. As was Nancy McCoy, of Tomah. 

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