CHARLESTON, W.Va. -- Runners with the Tallman Track Club met Monday evening at the University of Charleston and prayed.
"We had more than usual tonight," said W.K. Munsey, a member of the club. "It's been a very chaotic day."
About four-dozen runners from West Virginia had entered to run in the Boston Marathon, and family and friends spent Monday trying to track them down after two explosions near the marathon's finish line.
Less than an hour after the bombings, which exploded just before 3 p.m., Munsey was trying to find the local runners he knew.
Before 5 p.m., Munsey got the answers he wanted.
"They're all safe," he said, adding that he'd heard Dave McCollam, of Bridgeport, Adam Coon, of Comfort, Richard Boehm, of Scott Depot and Emily Chaney, of Huntington, were all OK.
Boehm's wife Kara, who was a spectator, stood only 100 yards from where both explosions occurred.
"All of a sudden there was a loud boom, and it shook you and everything around you," she said. "There was a huge flame and smoke and then 10 seconds later the second one went off.
"That's when everyone knew something was wrong," she said. "Everyone told me to stay where I was and don't move."
Richard Boehm, who was farther away from the blasts, borrowed a cellphone to get in touch with his wife. They were reunited after a little more than an hour.
"It was just so scary, you were wondering if the building you were standing in front of was going to blow up next," she said.
Forty-six runners from West Virginia entered the race, according to the marathon's website, http://www.baa.org.
Runners from Charleston were Timothy Deer, Robert F. Dundervill III, Kim Christopher and Nathaniel Orders. Munsey said they were not injured.
Orders, 35, had finished running before the explosions and was OK, according to his wife Melissa's Facebook page.
Dundervill, a Charleston ophthalmologist, was walking to his hotel room after finishing the race, according to his wife, Lisa.
"When he heard the explosion, he called me to see if I was near a computer to look up and see what was going on," she said. "I heard it from him so I knew immediately he was OK."
Bradford Deel, of Scott Depot, was also entered to run the marathon. Last year, Deel, a University of Charleston professor, ran 50 miles to celebrate his 50th birthday.
"By the time it had happened I was already back at the hotel and cleaned up," Deel said Monday. "Everybody I know that was running the race is fine.
"My wife [Leslie] asked if I was OK. I said, 'I'm fine, a little sore' and then she told me what had happened," he recalled.