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Cottage Grove, Newport marathon runners in Boston during bombing

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Cottage Grove, Newport marathon runners in Boston during bombing
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Three south Washington County runners participated in the Boston Marathon Monday that was disrupted by two devastating explosions that killed three and injured more than 175.

All three local runners reportedly finished the race, and one was confirmed safe Tuesday morning.

Attempts to contact the three local runners were unsuccessful Tuesday morning.

Just after 3 p.m. Monday, halfway through one of the world's major marathons, two coordinated explosions occurred within seconds of each other near the finish line, causing chaos in Boston's Copley Square as runners and spectators scurried for safety and event organizers and first responders treated the injured. The bombing is being investigated as a terrorist attack.

Avid runners Dan Delaney, 51, and Jon Webster, 40, both of Cottage Grove, and Nycole Schneider, 28, of Newport, participated in the race, according to Boston Marathon results.

A number of Woodbury runners also ran the marathon.

Schneider, who is a marketing specialist at Werner Electric in Cottage Grove, was reported safe and with family Monday evening on Werner Electric's Facebook page.

"We're glad to say Nycole, her husband and the rest of her team from Minnesota are all OK," the post said. "Please join us in praying for those affected by this horrible event."

All three athletes finished the marathon within minutes of each other.

Check for updates to the story.

Emily Buss
Emily Buss joined the South Washington County Bulletin in February 2013. She covers local government in Cottage Grove, St. Paul Park and Newport, along with other general assignment reporting. She holds a bachelor's degree in journalism and mass communications from Minnesota State University, Mankato.
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