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Spring Lake Heights Woman at Boston Marathon: 'Thank God I Decided to Run Fast'

Several runners from area had registered for marathon

A Spring Lake Heights woman who was running in the Boston Marathon Monday afternoon is OK following two explosions just before 3 p.m., she said.

Moira Easton Horan, of Spring Lake Heights, wasn't harmed in Monday's explosion, she announced on her facebook page, from Boston.

A race registrant from Manasquan, Robert Flannery, decided not to run the marathon about two weeks ago after a surgery, he said. He was home safe.

Horan, who is heavily involved in a Jersey Shore community of female triathletes and runners, said she was thankful she ran faster than she had planned during her training, as the decision likely put her out of harms way.

"All I can say is thank god I decided to run fast. My initial plan would have put me right in that mess instead of just in front of it," she posted.

Flannery, who had planned to run the marathon, dropped out of the race. He made the decision about two weeks ago and was watching the news at home in Manasquan today, describing the events as absolutely shocking.

"I had some surgery...I was disappointed I couldn't go," Flannery said. "Now this, this is pretty shocking."

Laura Donnelly, of Manasquan, was also listed as a competitor in Monday's race. Manasquan Patch was unable to verify her status at this time. 

The New Jersey Marathon announced its concern for the racing community around the world, as so many travel to Boston to run its marathon.

"The New Jersey Marathon team sends warm thoughts and prayers to all the runners, family, volunteers and friends in Boston," announced the team.

The incident remains under investigation following the two bombings.

Abe April 16, 2013 at 01:54 AM
Thank God you decided to run fast? Really? Kind of sounds like a really stupid comment.
Megan April 16, 2013 at 03:01 PM
I care, and so should you. At a time when our country should stand united, whether this is domestic or international we should support each other, and leave the negative comments unspoken. My heart breaks for the 8 yr old that lost his life, for the very injured, for the first responders and all those that witnessed this atrocity.
Stephen D. Calhoun April 16, 2013 at 03:07 PM
The perpetrators of the Massachusetts crime against humanity should be punished with the maximum penalty. Among the top suspects are Nazi and Neo-Confederate groups. The Southern Poverty Law Center has been tracking these groups for years. One of the Nazi racist skinhead groups is the Aryan Terror Brigade. They are organized in a number of states, among them Massachusetts and here in New Jersey. The Aryan Terror Brigade should be closely watched. If you know anything about them, contact your local law enforcement agency.
ExChief April 17, 2013 at 12:16 PM
not really stupid Abe runners run at different pace's and run differently for all race's so a slow pace may have started the race and was switch to a faster pace half way thru or vice versa
Jai Pandolfe April 18, 2013 at 12:56 PM
to beachchairgirl, Abe and Megan.... Human brain cannot make sense out of an irrational situation such as this .The thanking of God will create a support that will strengthen the reserve.. and allow the brain to function in defense of that which it cannot explain..The mind of man is certainly opposed to any irrational attack...thus the resolve that the FAITHFUL have allows the body to continue....THANK GOD!

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