An estimated 300 Oregonians were registered to run the Boston Marathon Monday.
Melissa Fryback is a marketing executive from Beaverton. She ran the race, and was leaving the finishing area when the explosions went off.
"I hurt for the people who lost their lives, or who were injured," Fryback says. "My heart aches for all of those runners who have done so much to get here and to be here today. And it's unfathomable. It makes absolutely no sense to me that something that's so happy, has been destroyed by that. I don't care about my time any more or how well I did. It's irrelevant compared to what has occurred."
Fryback says her hotel is about four blocks away from the finishing area, and was not evacuated. But security has been increased.
She says Oregon has a tight-knit running community and she's busy trying to make sure everyone she knows is okay.
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