Local runners share their stories from the Boston bombing

There were hundreds of runners from the Chicago-area that participated in the the Boston Marathon and witnessed the explosions.

At last report, none of them was among those injured in the blasts.

Many of those runners flew home Monday, arriving at O’Hare Airport with stories of what they witnessed.

Brad Moats, of Chicago, says he crossed the finish line about an hour before the explosions and he was eating lunch nearby when he heard the blasts and saw crowds of runners sprinting from the area.  He was able to make it to the airport and catch his flight home.

Andre Bannetan said Monday was his first Boston Marathon but he plans to be back to support the organization and the city in the wake of the terror attack.

Arlington Heights Mayor-elect Tom Hayes ran his ninth Boston Marathon Monday.  He said he was focused on finishing the race and didn’t think about security, but he says it will definitely be on his mind the next time.

Among those flying to Chicago Monday was Carey Pinkowski, the executive director of the Bank of American Chicago Marathon.

Pinkowski said during his flight home several runners asked him to “keep doing what he was doing”.    He said he will meet with several agencies Tuesday to talk about security for the Chicago Marathon on October 13, 2013.

Pinkowski also said he will also work with the officials from the Boston Marathon to make sure Chicago is prepared for more than 40,000 runners.

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