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Letters to the Editor: At Boston Marathon

At Boston Marathon

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Police activity looking down Boyston Street. The finish line is in the distance.

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Police activity looking down Boyston Street.

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The day before the race with a group of Reston Runners underneath the finish line. The bomb went off to the left of this photo. All the runners from Reston Runners and The Moringstars, a group of runners from Reston, have been accounted for and are safe.

To the Editor:

The following account is from Centreville resident Kevin Charles Washburn who ran in Monday’s Boston Marathon.

Due to cramping, I was 30 - 40 minutes behind the time I thought I would run. That put my finish only 10 minutes before the bomb went off.

I walked through the finishing chute and then around a side street. I was back at the point of the first photo when I heard a loud boom, followed by a second one. I thought maybe it was a cannon from a boat, being Patriot's Day and having historic boats nearby. If I had just turned my head to the left, I would have seen the smoke down Boyston Street.

The Boston Marathon is an amazing event, with 27,000 runners and another 500,000 spectators. It's a shame that someone would do this. I really feel sorry for all those who were injured and killed.

Security is really tight in Boston and at the airport. At the airport a police officer saw my Boston jacket and interviewed me to see if I saw anything suspicious. So I'm guessing they don't have many leads right now.

Kevin Charles Washburn

Centreville