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Western MA runner discusses marathon tragedy

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Each person who attended or ran in Monday's tragic Boston Marathon has a different story to tell about where they were when two explosions rocked the city killing three and injuring more than 100.

One day after the horrific event, a Western Mass runner recalls his story saying that the scariest part was not being able to get in touch with loved ones who were at the finish line.

"You know the frightening thing for me is I knew they were right at the finish line," said Judge William Boyle.

Boyle was less than a mile from finishing his seventh Boston Marathon when the bombs exploded just steps away from where his wife and son were waiting for him.

"All of the runners' bibs have a computer chip in them and families can track where the runner is," said Boyle. "So the bib was sending messages I knew my family was right at the finish line and of course that for me was of great concern."

He never made it to Bolyston Street, didn't see or hear the explosions, but rather was diverted away from the chaos by herds of police.

"We were stopped just before the 26-mile marker and told that there was an explosion and there was a lot of misinformation at that point," said Boyle.

Later he was reunited with his family, they made it out safely but today he explains just how close they were to the act of terror.

"They were literally across the street from where it happened and there was one explosion and they described it like a cannon sort of a sound or a gas pipe explosion and within 10 seconds there was another one," Boyle said.

Thankful for his family's safety, Boyle said his thoughts and prayers remain with the victims of the horrific tragedy.

"My heart goes out to all the people and families affected by it. We were really just on the fringe of it ourselves but there's a lot of people that are suffering and our prayers should really all be with them today," said Boyle.

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