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April 27, 2013

Boston runners to compete in OKC Memorial Marathon



Michael Smith said he was walking toward the finish line to cheer for his wife when the first bomb went off.

“And everybody kind of stopped and looked at each other like, ‘What was that?”’ he said. About 15 seconds later, a second bomb went off about 150 yards away.

“Then I became concerned,” he said. Smith said police stopped him from moving any closer, and he had no idea what had happened to his wife until she texted that she was unharmed.

“That was a big relief,” he said.

Cari Yerkes said she had completed 25.9 miles of the 26.2-mile race when she and other runners were forced to stop.

“We were pretty close. We were right around the corner,” she said. “We just ran into a crowd of people.”

Yerkes said she is not concerned for her safety during the Memorial Marathon.

“I think one of the safest places to be this weekend is going to be Oklahoma City,” she said.

Oklahoma City Police Capt. Dexter Nelson said law enforcement officers from several local agencies will join off-duty officers who ordinarily provide security for the Memorial Marathon at this year’s race, which is expected to attract 23,000 runners.

“It’s going to be a much larger security force,” Nelson said. “They will be more visible this time.”

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