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Local Runners Recount Boston Marathon Explosions

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BOSTON – Nearly 300 runners from Tennessee took part in the Boston Marathon on Monday, including 90 from the mid-state.

Fifty three runners were from Nashville, 17 were from Franklin, 13 from Clarksville, three from Hendersonville, and Gallatin and Springfield had one runner each.

One of those runners was NewsChannel 5 reporter Chris Conte, who finished the marathon ten minutes before the explosions.

Chris said he had just made it to the area where post-race snacks were given out to the runners, when the first bomb went off.

"Well at first a lot of people just kind of turned around and people thought maybe a speaker had blown or something had backfired, but as soon as you saw the cloud of smoke rising from that area and they second explosion people had figured out something had gone wrong" Chris said.

Chris said the spectators in the area where the bombs went off were easily seven or eight people deep against the fencing that was lining the finish line.

His mom and dad had been cheering him on and were directly across the street from the site of the blast, but were not injured.

Our weekend meteorologist, Andrea Rich, has a sister who ran in in the marathon as well. Allison Baker finished the race about a half-hour before the explosions, and said she heard the noise from her room at the Westin Copley Hotel.

She was across the street from where the bombs went off.

"They got things on lockdown, and they're trying to show stuff on the local news here but... people got blown to bits," Baker said.

There were other eyewitnesses from Tennessee on the ground as the explosions happened.

In all, there were more than 23,000 starters at the race and more than four thousand crossed the finish line. However, 40,000 never made the finish

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