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April 15. 2013 4:37PM

NH runner: Marathoners resilient

A New Hampshire man who ran his 16th Boston Marathon today said he's sure the marathon will be the safest place in the world next year, but getting to it will be like boarding a commercial flight.
 
"Marathoners are the most resilient people around," said Keith Shields, executive producer of New Hampshire Public Radio's The Exchange.
 
Meanwhile, the New Hampshire Supreme Court received a text at 3:55 from Justice Jim Bassett. "I am OK," the text read, said Laura Kiernan, spokesman for the court. She said court personnel had followed Bassett's race progress online, but then became concerned after news of the explosions took place.
 
"We were just obviously relieved to know he was OK," Kiernan said.
 
Shields said he had finished the race and was at a second home in Roslindale when a friend called and told him to turn on the television. Since then, he's been trying to call and use social media to contact friends who were in the race. He's had little success.
 
"People work so hard for this, the whole thing. It's not just a race, it's a celebration of running, something people have worked so hard for," said Shields, who is 44.
 
Shields said the bombs went off when the slower runners were finishing the race.
 
The race starts in three waves, at 10 a.m., 10:20 a.m. and 10:40 a.m., when the slowest qualifiers, charity runners and invitees begin running.
 
Slower runners take about four hours or longer to run a marathon, so they would be at the finish line about the time of the explosions, Shields said.
 
But he said finishers don't linger at the line. They are given water and a blanket, then encouraged to keep walking. They pick up their medals, gather their belongings and leave.
 
It appeared the explosions took place at what would be a choice spectator area.


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