Bay Area runners tweet, 'I'm OK' from Boston Marathon - WFLA News Channel 8

Bay Area runners tweet, 'I'm OK' from Boston Marathon

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TAMPA, FL (WFLA) -

Runners at the Boston Marathon relied on social media in the hours after the explosions to let family and friends know they were safe.

The "I'm OK" tweet and Facebook post has become a common communication after emergencies in recent years, especially when phone communications  are difficult because of heavy volume.

Sarasota runner Lissa Murphy posted to friends on her Facebook page: "Finished the race and we are ok.  I had finished and we were 4 blocks away when we heard the explosion."

Columbia Restaurant owner Richard Gonzmart posted a photo of the race route from a building near the explosions.  Gonzmart was originally scheduled to run in the race, but didn't make the trip because of an injury.  His brother ran and snapped the photo.  The family is safe.

On Twitter, the St. Petersburg-based editor of Women's Running magazine, Jessie Sebor, kept followers up to date, telling them cell service may be down and reaching out to other runners Allison Pattillo and Kara Deschenes.  She later tweeted that they, too, were safe.

Deschenes herself tweeted "I was stopped at mile 25.5, but I am safe.  Scary scene out there and thankful for all of the volunteers."

If you were in Boston during the explosions, News Channel 8 would like to hear your story. Email news@wfla.com to share stories, photos and video.

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