Boston, a city thousands of miles away, drew a number of Borderland runners out for the race.
There were at least 14 El Pasoans and two Las crucens running in the Boston Marathon. Eleven of them had already finished the race when the bombs went off.
A sense of pride and achievment being replaced by sadness and horror.
That's the range of emotions the Borderland residents participating in the Boston Marathon are dealing with Monday. Two blasts near the finish line of the Boston Marathon killed two people and injured at least 100.
Marathon runner Jim Weddell told ABC-7 that he heard the blast from an outdoor café after he'd finished the marathon an hour before the chilling sound of the explosion.
As a four-time Boston Marathon veteran, Weddell said he knew something was wrong:
"We felt very sad...why would something like this have to happen?" Weddell said.
Weddell said the group of nine El Pasoans he traveled with for the marathon are fine.
He said there were a few Borderland people unaccounted for.
Also uncertain - whether any friends or relatives not in the race were waiting for their loved ones near the finish line.
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