ALBUQUERQUE (KRQE) - More than 80 New Mexicans ran in the Boston Marathon, about 50 from Albuquerque, when two bombs exploded in the packed streets near the finish line Monday.
As of Monday afternoon there are no reports of injuries from New Mexico runners or their friends and families who came to watch.
KRQE News 13 spoke to several Albuquerque runners, many of whom are on lockdown in their hotels now.
Local runner Arlene Espinoza says she's on lockdown at a hotel one block from the finish line, where the bombs went off.
Runners say they spent the afternoon checking on each other and making sure everyone they travelled with is okay.
Local runner Kris Houghton finished at two hours and 34 minutes, well before the blast. He was going back toward the finish line to retrieve his bag when the explosions happened.
"The streets were just wall-to-wall people, everybody finishing and trying to meet their families." Houghton said. "Then the explosion happened, the first one and everybody went quiet. And then people kind of started resuming, thinking, oh, I don't know, it seems to be okay. Then the second one happened, people went quiet. And I knew something wasn't right when I heard the second one."
Houghton says it's chaotic right now and there's no cell phone service. Some runners were not able to retrieve their ID's and belongings, so it's not clear when they'll be able to fly back home.
Meanwhile, people in New Mexico have been trying to reach friends and family members running the marathon Monday.
The president of the Albuquerque road runners says she's spent much of the afternoon trying to contact club members who are in Boston right now hoping to hear that they're all okay.
Road Runner's President Martha Porter says she's been on Facebook and on the phone since hearing of the explosions Monday afternoon.
She says nearly 20 people from the local group traveled to Boston for the marathon.
Fortunately, she says, they have been training very hard and as far as she knows everyone in the group made it to the finish line well before the explosions.
"I tried Facebooking people, calling, texting and up until a few minutes ago I was finally able to get a hold of somebody and it sounds like everybody is ok and accounted for," Porter said.
Martha porter was able to confirm the 19 people from her group are okay, but they're still trying to help track down other runners from New Mexico.
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