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Local runners react to Boston Marathon explosions

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John Twitty of Andalusia, in the red shirt, at mile 16 of the marathon John Twitty of Andalusia, in the red shirt, at mile 16 of the marathon

111 runners from Alabama ran in the Boston Marathon, and all of those from Central and South Alabama are safe.

Dr. John Barganier had finished the 26.2 mile run an hour before the blasts. His hotel, the Lenox was directly across the street from the finish line of the marathon.

"We heard it and we ran outside and we unfortunately saw people laying in the street and some other images that aren't real pleasant to see," he said.

John Twitty, from Andalusia, had finished the race just two minutes before the first blast.

"I was possibly a block further down from the finish, because you're quickly ushered to keep on walking across the finish line," Twitty said.  "We were just there, but it didn't take a little less for a minute for the police and everyone else involved to send us back up the street."

Dr. Bargainier was part of a group of runners from Montgomery Multisport. It was his first time running the Boston Marathon, as it was for Kaitlin Meisler.

"The feeling of crossing the finish line and having thousands of complete strangers cheering for you and everybody surrounding you, just this giant feeling of goodwill," Meisler said. "And then have this tragic terrible thing happen right after, it's just wrong in so many ways."

The explosions disrupted travel and communications in Boston, making it difficult for the runners to reach loved ones. They were eventually able to get word to them and others that they were unharmed.

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