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Past Boston Marathon runner sending prayers to families

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COLUMBUS, Ga. -

Brenda Hitz, a local runner, who ran the Boston Marathon in 2011, said she is still trying to absorb the tragedy in Massachusetts.

At least two explosions occurred Monday afternoon as runners where still crossing the finish line. Around 50 people were injured and at least two are dead.

Hitz actually qualified for this year's Boston Marathon, but didn't go. She spent part of Monday calling her friends who were running the race to make sure they were alright.

She described the atmosphere when she ran two years ago as vibrant and said there were as many as 30-thousand people in attendance. Hitz said the street was secure, yet it was open. She saw police, but doesn't remember them being in huge numbers.

Hitz said chills ran through her body when she heard about the explosions. "It makes me feel, you know, nauseous. It's such a good thing; it's such a good event. It's all kinds of different nations coming together for running, the things that we love to do. A lot of runners aspire to do this, especially marathoners aspire to qualify for the Boston Marathon and... for something like this to happen... just out of the blue is just crazy. It's just a shock."

Hitz said if this act was intentional and meant to scare people; it is just one more reason for everyone to stand tall and continue to do the things they love.

Sydney Cameron

Sydney joined the WRBL news team in December 2011 after working as a freelance reporter in Washington, D.C. More>>

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