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Central Pennsylvanians experience Boston Marathon tragedy firsthand

Written by Megan Lello and Tim Lambert | Apr 16, 2013 4:38 AM

(Boston) -- Several central Pennsylvanians have been dealing with the Boston Marathon tragedy firsthand.

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Mark Sullivan of the Selinsgrove-based Susquehanna Ridge Runners Club, who was taking part in his 27th straight event, was one of nine members from the organization competing in the race.

He says his wife stayed behind after he finished and decided to head back to the hotel minutes before the blast. "She had been sitting right across the street from it. She would've been probably 50 feet away from where the first explosion took place had she not left when she did. We're very thankful, and we thank God she wasn't there."

Sullivan says the racers from his group are safe, and he's been contacted by friends all over the world to check on him.

Carlisle native Dan Auger was working in a building half a block away from the race's finish line.

He says he was the only one in his office when the bombs went off. "The way my office usually works for 'Marathon Monday,' you can work from home. But I decided this year that I would go in and work from the office so that I could see the marathon finish." 

Auger was evacuated and eventually made his way home, after hearing from worried friends and family members.

He says it's surreal to think Boston's storied race ended in such tragedy.

Hear an extended interview with Auger here.

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