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Local marathon runners react to Boston explosion

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Jill Gross running in Columbus marathon Jill Gross running in Columbus marathon
CLEVELAND, OH (WOIO) -

The bombings Monday in Boston have runners here in Cleveland shocked about what happened. 

In Pepper Pike a group of runners went for their weekly six-mile run together, but, they did it with heavy hearts.

"I was stunned, shocked like something like this would happen," said Matthew Anderson.

Matthew Anderson is like all of us, saddened by the attack in Boston. He tells us it hard not to think about what the victims and their families are going through.

"I'll be thinking about those people and just what a horrible thing and how blessed and happy I am to be able to run. You know my heart goes out to them cause it's just a horrible thing," said Matthew. @

Jill Gross also a runner but not with the group. She's finished the Columbus marathon last year and has already registered for the Cleveland marathon next month.

"It's a long race. It goes through so many cities. You can't expect police to monitor all that. It makes you wonder. It makes you really wonder if you're going to run it," said Jill.

As they run with inhibition they think about those killed and injured. But these runners say they won't let a terrorist keep them from doing what they love.

In light of the Boston Marathon incident, the executive race director of the Cleveland Marathon has said he will heighten security.

The Cleveland Marathon is May 19. Registration is currently underway.

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