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Local runners OK after Boston bombing

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Channel 4 News has learned that several area runners who participated in the Boston Marathon are OK. The official Boston Marathon website lists 261 runners registered from Tennessee participating in the event.

At least three of them finished within 5 minutes of the explosions, according to the Boston Marathon's results page.

If you're trying to track a runner you know at the Boston Marathon, visit the Boston Marathon website.

6:15 p.m. update:

Megan Brazill, YMCA instructor, is OK.

Grad student Amanda Hachey finished just about a minute before the explosion and told the City Paper she is OK.

Dickson Herald reports Dr. Stephanie Hatcher, a hospitalist board certified in internal medicine at TriStar Horizon Medical Center in Dickson, finished the race before the explosions, according to friends and co-workers.

Rick Jonardi, a former Channel 4 News photographer, posted on Facebook: "Thanks everyone for the well wishes. So sad here prayers go out to the families of the injured. I am ok and had a good race."

Middle Tennessee runner Carole Fidler is OK.

5:15 p.m. update:

Metro Nashville Police Chief Steve Anderson released a statement regarding the bombings at the Boston Marathon and the safety precautions before the upcoming Country Music Marathon in Nashville:

"The Nashville Police Department is now and has been in the security planning process for the April 27th Country Music Marathon. Today's explosions in Boston will factor into that planning as we meet in the coming days with marathon organizers. We will be in contact with law enforcement in Boston and our federal partners with the FBI and ATF prior to finalizing our strategies. The Nashville Police Department is absolutely committed to the safety and enjoyment of this event by runners, their families and race enthusiasts."

STORY: Organizers of the Country Music Marathon promise a full review of safety and security ahead of the April 27 event in Nashville.

4:50 p.m. update:

Dr. Stuart Smith of Nashville ran the marathon and is OK, according to his office.

Brentwood Academy posted on its Twitter page girls track and field coach Cathy Cheeseman finished the race and is OK.

Fleet Feet owners Matt and Christi Beth Adams are OK.

Jeff Matlock of Nashville said his wife, who was running, is OK.

Channel 4 viewer Helen Scoville wrote: "My family and I live in Nashville and we are in Boston for the Marathon. We are a block away from the explosion and my brother @stackiii on Twitter has lots of photos. My finance and I saw the second explosion from our hotel at The Marriott Copley Plaza.  Very, very scary."

The Leaf-Chronicle reports 13 runners from Clarksville were registered for the Boston Marathon. Among them, Matthew Heiser told a friend on Facebook he's OK. Leaf-Chronicle reporter Luke Thompson finished before the explosion and is posting updates on his Twitter page.

From the Channel 4 News Facebook page:

Cookeville runner Dallas Smith finished the race and is OK.

Singer/songwriter Megan Conner from Nashville finished the race and was a block-and-a-half away. She is OK.

A friend of Robin Lockamy Siren from Franklin said Robin had already crossed the finish line.

4 p.m. update:

MTSU accounting professor Dr. Paula Thomas was not hurt in today's explosions near the finish line of the Boston Marathon, according to a news release from MTSU.

The Nashville Striders report on their message board the following locals finished the race:

Mark Buckreis - 3:30:4
Lynn Burnett - 4:00:22
David Canas - 3:29:17
Catherine Cheeseman - 3:28:36
Kathryn Dahir - 3:49:26
Marc Dedman - 3:56:45
Chris Duncan - 2:40:41
Jon Eichert - 3:01:51
Josh Hite - 3:03:58
Abigail Johnson - 3:36:00
Kathleen Johnston - 3:27:47
Richard Jonardi - 3:00:01
Paul King - 2:59:23
Lisa Kirkham - 3:48:04
Amy Klotz - 3:49:32
Ricky Krisle - 3:55:20
Gregory Kyle - 2:51:29
John Lovell - 3:18:03
Jeff Matlock - 3:25:30
Douglas Murphy - 3:16:32
Rafal Nazarewicz - 3:02:27
Vance Poss - 3:10:11
Don Poston - 3:13:00
Emily Ryan - 3:37:56
Jeffrey Suppinger - 2:52:47
Courtney Terrell - 3:08:09
Olaf Wasternack - 2:37:47
Melanie Yappen - 3:39:10
Phil Young - 2:54:05

The Nolensville Running Club is asking its members to check in on Facebook, and they believe all are safe, including Mike Brazill, Megan Bryant Brazill, Kelli Beatty Alexander, Scott Alexander and Steven Fleming.

The East Nasty Running Club is asking its members to check in on Facebook, and those who have checked in include Margaret Jones and Kevin Christian.

Lipscomb track & field and cross country assistant coach Jenny Randolph and former Lipscomb runner Caitlin Anderson participated and are safe.

Fleet Feet Sports marathon runners Christi Beth and Matt Adams are OK.

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