Explosions near the finish line of the Boston Marathon shook the city on a serene Monday holiday. The top finishers had completed the race hours before the explosions, but dozens were injured in the blast.
Runners Shalane Flanagan and Kara Goucher, who finished fourth and sixth in the women's division, respectively, responded to the events.
Please pray for the victims of the explosion. Please pray for safety.— Kara Goucher (@karagoucher) April 15, 2013
My heart is broken but my family and I are fine. Please pray for those who aren't.— Kara Goucher (@karagoucher) April 15, 2013
My family and I are safe. Thank you for your concerns. Devastating.— Shalane Flanagan (@ShalaneFlanagan) April 15, 2013
Multiple players from the Indiana Pacers, in Boston for Tuesday's game against the Celtics (which was later canceled and will not be made up), were in attendence at Monday's running of the Boston Marathon.
Crazy how I went to go check out the Boston Marathon race earlier today.. Such a great event turned into a tragedy! #Pray4Boston— Paul George (@Paul_George24) April 15, 2013
Wow, me and my teammate were at that marathon supporting them runners, God Bless all that was hurt and affected by this explosion!— Sam Young (@SamYoung4) April 15, 2013
Heart is heavy for everybody who was affected from the tragedy in Boston. #pray4boston— Ben Hansbrough (@bhans23) April 15, 2013
The Boston Red Sox were coming off a win at Fenway Park against the Rays, a game that ended shortly before the explosions happened.
Praying for those effected by the explosions at the marathon. #Godblessboston— Jacoby Ellsbury (@JacobyEllsbury) April 15, 2013
Very sad to hear the news coming out of Boston. Horrific. My thoughts and prayers to all those involved— Shane Victorino (@ShaneVictorino) April 15, 2013
Thoughts and prayers are with everyone at the Boston Marathon. #prayforboston— Andrew Bailey (@AndrewBailey40) April 15, 2013
More of Boston's current and former professional athletes took to Twitter to react and express their sympathy and concern for the victims.
Sending prayers out for Boston— Rajon Rondo (@RajonRondo) April 15, 2013
Damn!! What's going on in Boston?? Hope ppl are safe— Courtney Lee (@CourtneyLee2211) April 15, 2013
I Hope EveryOne Is Ok In The Boston Marathon...... Stupidity <@<@<@— Terrence Williams (@TheRealTWill) April 15, 2013
Prayers go out to everyone that has been affected by this awful event.— Julian Edelman (@Edelman11) April 15, 2013
Prayers out to everyone in Boston w/ this craziness going on..marathon was the talk of the locker rm today too..hope everyone is ok(D-Mac)— Jason+Devin McCourty (@McCourtyTwins) April 15, 2013
Saddened by the news of the explosions at the @bostonmarathon. Praying for everyone impacted by this tragedy.— Chris Wilcox (@ChrisWilcox44) April 15, 2013
This is not good in Boston right now. Explosions at the marathon on Boylston.— Andrew Ference (@Ferknuckle) April 15, 2013
Way too many friends down there today, I feel sick.— Andrew Ference (@Ferknuckle) April 15, 2013
Ain't much left to do but pray.— Stevan Ridley (@StevanRidley) April 15, 2013