Share your prayers, thoughts, concerns for those who were at the Boston Marathon on Monday when two explosions rocked the finish line, killing two and injuring scores. See the reaction of area businesses and community organizations here and please add any of yours to the comments below.
Boston officials said "We can confirm that all of the remaining runners who were out on the course when the tragic events unfolded have been returned to a community meeting area."
The status of all runners from Oakton is not clear — if you know a runner is safe, let us know in the comments here.
The following reactions come from our Facebook News Feed:
Pacers Running Stores: Sad news coming out of Boston right now! Sending out thoughts and best wishes to all of the awesome runners, volunteers, and race staff. We hope everyone is safe!
Potomac River Running Stores: Our prayers are with everyone in Boston today. If you have an update on a runner from our community, please post that he/she is safe and tag them in the post so we can share the word as news as released.
Girls on the Run Northern Virginia: Our hearts go out to Boston.
DC Road Runners Club: Friends, I (Brian) have spoken with many people in Boston, and I'm trying to get ahold of others, thankfully we have not heard of any club member injuries. That does not mean that everything is ok, please pray for those who were hit by this horrifying attack.
Georgetown Running Club: All GRC runners participating in the Boston Marathon have been accounted for and are safe. The Georgetown Running Club's thoughts and prayers are with all of those affected by today's explosions.
Cox Farms: All of us at Cox Farms are sending our love to the city of Boston.
Fairfax County Federation of Teachers Our hearts go out to our brothers and sisters in Boston. There are no words to express our anger and sadness at this event.
Sen. Chap Petersen: A birarre, almost surreal, event today as two bombs exploded at the finish line of the Boston Marathon.
Much like the Twin Towers, the Boston Marathon is an American icon. It’s the Holy Grail of distance running with only the best and the fastest qualifying to run.
It’s also a major holiday, Patriot Day, in Boston, commemorating the victory of the American patriots over British regulars at Lexington and Concord.
Nobody knows at this point who caused the attack. We can’t presume anything. It apopears to be someone testing this nation, by attacking a symbol of American pride and persistence.
Once again, it will be a futile effort.
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We are still seeking information about the following runners from Oakton:
7 Oakton Runners Compete in Boston Marathon; Conditions Unknown for Several
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