As soon at the bombs exploded at the finish line of the Boston Marathon, people across the country began checking on their loved ones. Dozens of runners from the region were there. Local running clubs report all are safe and sound.
"They were all right there -- within a couple blocks of it," said Will Lindgren of Omaha, who has trained some of Nebraska's marathon racers.
Right away, he wondered if everyone he knew was okay?
Kaci Lickteig was there with her mother. "She always had this dream of running the Boston Marathon with her mother," said Lindgren.
He learned they had just made it past the finish line. "They could feel the ground shaking and heard the explosions and saw this terror and tragedy unfold right before their eyes."
"This was my first time [running in the Boston Marathon] said Chris Johnson of Omaha, who crossed the finish line -- seven minutes before the explosion.
He thought the explosion was something planned at first -- like fireworks. Then he thought about his daughter who was with him as a fan. "I saw her at the 25-mile mark and the thought crossed my mind -- that she may have come back towards the finish line."
It took awhile because of the clogged cellphone service, but father and daughter reconnected -- shaken but okay.
"Marathons have always been identified as a soft target," said Lindgren, "But no one really thought they'd come after us because we're just runners. But in order to gather the attention they need, we've become a target now."