The Boston Marathon is an iconic, global event — and, not surprisingly, there were more than a few well-known people running in it this year when an apparent terror attack left a still unknown number of people injured and dead.
Among the public personalities in the field were Olympic athletes, a tech mogul and an NPR radio host. Thankfully, all seem to have survived the incident unhurt. Below are their Twitter feeds, describing their experiences in the race and their thoughts in the wake of the tragic attack.
Dennis Crowley, Foursquare Co-founder
I’m ok.about 20k of us in corral just before mi 26. marker. @chelsa ok too
— Dennis Crowley (@dens) April 15, 2013
Joan Benoit Samuelson, 1984 Olympic marathon gold medalist and 1979 winner of Boston Marathon
Prayers to those in the closely knit running community near and far.
— Joan B Samuelson (@JBSamuelson) April 15, 2013
Summer Sanders, 1992 Olympic gold-medal swimmer
We are safe, but locked down in our hotel.Thinking about all those affected and so appreciative of the first responders. #Boston
— Summer Sanders (@SummerSanders_) April 15, 2013
Shalane Flanagan, 2012 Olympic marathoner
My family and I are safe. Thank you for your concerns. Devastating.
— Shalane Flanagan (@ShalaneFlanagan) April 15, 2013
Joey McIntyre, singer-songwriter best known as a member of New Kids on the Block
There was an explosion by the finish line about 5 minutes after I finished- I’m ok but I’m sure there are many hurt.
— Joey McIntyre (@joeymcintyre) April 15, 2013
Peter Sagal, host of the National Public Radio game show “Wait Wait… Don’t Tell Me!”
Guided my man William to a 4:04. A great race. Was a hundred yards beyond line when explosions happened. We’re fine.
— Peter Sagal (@petersagal) April 15, 2013