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Maplewood Woman Finishes Race Before Explosions

Three other Maplewood entrants did not run.

 

A Maplewood woman who ran the Boston Marathon Monday is said to be okay following two explosions which erupted at the race finish line, according to emails from her running mates.

Margaret Marbury completed the race in just over three hours and 20 minutes, according to an online site that tracks runners' times, before the first explosion. Emails sent by members of Marbury's running group reported that she was safe.

Three other Maplewood residents who were on the official list of runners -- Jennifer Gonyea, Shannon Schlageter and Moshe Bar Am -- ended up not competing in the race because of injuries, according to reports from their friends.

"I injured my leg in a half-marathon, so last week I decided not to do it," Bar Am told Patch by phone. "I have mixed feelings about it, I was disappointed." Bar Am said he has been hearing all day from concerned family and friends.

According to Patch reports from the Boston area, two people have been confirmed dead and dozens injured in the aftermath of the explosions.

loud explosion was heard near a bridge that marks the finish line in the annual race, the New York Times reported. A third explosion occurred later at the John F. Kennedy Library in Boston, which police told CNN is likely connected to the marathon bombings.

PBS reports 562 runners from New Jersey among the 23,000 in the race.

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