Runners from several area running clubs were also in Boston for the marathon, as friends here at home waited for news they were okay.
About a dozen members of the Capital Striders Running Club ran in the marathon. The club's president crossed the finish line just before the first blast.
Club members in Des Moines found out a few minutes later that no one was hurt...but they say those minutes seemed like hours. "It...it passed so slow." says Mike McGinn with the Capital Striders, "I just started digging through e-mails because I was getting e-mails from the people I was concerned about and just trying to read those as quickly as I can."
Several members of the Iowa State University Running Club also ran in the marathon. Fortunately, no one from that club was hurt either.