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Kentuckiana Boston Marathon runners describe bombing

Tom Block (Source: Ryan Hoyme) Tom Block (Source: Ryan Hoyme)
The area impacted by explosions on Monday. The area impacted by explosions on Monday.
Wesley Korir Wesley Korir

LOUISVILLE, KY (WAVE) – More than 100 Kentuckians were registered for the Boston Marathon, including 46 from Louisville.

At least three people are dead and more than 130 injured after back-to-back explosions near the finish line of the Boston Marathon Monday. 

"A day like this is suppose to be a day of joy where people  are celebrating their achievements of their loved ones and to see all the joy turned into sadness, it's not what you expect in life," said Wesley Korir, 2012 Boston Marathon winner. 

2008 University of Louisville graduate, Wesley Korir, started the day ready to defend his title. He won the Boston Marathon last year. This year with a time of 2:12:30, Korir came in 5th place. He was in the shower when the explosions happened. He says he could feel the hotel shaking. 

"I saw people running around," said Korir. "The ambulance was running everywhere. It was very chaotic. My wife came up running and told me there was an explosion."

Oldham County runner, Joshua Hellmann ran the race with three of his friends. He was finished by the time of the explosions, but remembers vividly the start line.  

"We were waiting in our starting corrals probably 10-15 minutes before the race, there were police officers and bomb sniffing dogs actually walking through the corral and it was just one of those things you don't really ever really expect to see," said Hellmann.

Tom Block of Louisville has completed 20 marathons in his life. This was the first time he qualified for Boston. Unfortunately, Block had to drop out at mile 17 due to an injury, but now believes it was a sign.

"My projected finish time was right around 4 hours and 15 minutes," said Block. "I think the official time when the bomb went off was 4.09 on the clock. That's kind of where it just hit me this all happened for a reason being able to finish this race was my goal. I'm not a very religious person, but I may start being"

Families trying to locate loved ones can call 617-635-4500 and people with tips can call 1-800-494-TIPS. 
     
Google has also added an online person finder.

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