Area residents in Boston at time of explosions - Apr 16th, 2013 - Local
— Central Michigan University says 11 of its students who volunteered at the Boston Marathon are safe.
The Mount Pleasant school said in a statement that the students were along the race course roughly 5 miles from the site of Monday's explosions.
MLive.com reports the students are recreation and events majors volunteering with an organization called Meeting Professionals International.
The school says the students were able to communicate with their parents. The school says its "thoughts are with all of those who are involved."
— A runner from Michigan who finished the Boston Marathon about 20 minutes before explosions at the race says she initially thought the blasts were part of a celebration.
Sarah Yetter of Kalamazoo says she and fellow Kalamazoo runner William J. Gephart were in a family meeting area putting on warm clothes Monday when she heard explosions. She says they were told to leave and walked about a mile to their hotel.
Yetter called it the "the saddest day ever" for the sport. The 37-year-old says she doesn't think she'll run a big city marathon again.
Yetter says her race day thoughts for every future marathon will be of Monday's events in Boston.