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Southeast Kansas Boston Marathon runner returns a year later

Update April 15, 2014: A Southeast Kansas man will return to Boston, and a scene he remembers vividly, as he prepares once again to run the Boston Marathon.

Scott Cichon a high school teacher at Saint Mary's Colgan in Pittsburg is preparing to run his fifth Boston Marathon.

Cichon was a runner in the 2013 Marathon, he finished in 2 hour and 44 minutes, that was before two bombs exploded killing three-people and injuring 260-others.

"It was real tough for a couple of weeks just trying to figure out why this happened, and I don't know if that is a question that could be really be answered," said Cichon.

Cichon says, he was affected but he wasn't a victim, and to continue running is his solution.

"All of us runners can do is run as fast - better than we have, that's the only thing for me as a runner that makes sense."

Posted April 15, 2013: Two explosions near the finish line of the Boston Marathon has killed at least two people, including an eight year old, and injured at least 90 others.

Eight area runners took part in Monday's Boston Marathon, and we have confirmed that they are all safe:  Ashleigh Beyersdorfer (of Joplin), Scott Cichon (Pittsburg), Marisa Forth (Webb City), David O'Bryan (St. Paul), Karen Plucinski (Carl Junction), Kenneth Schramm (Joplin), Nathan Sicher (Carl Junction) and Kathy Wrensch (Carl Junction).

Boston Police say if you are unable to locate a family member or friend in the Boston area please call 617-635-4500.  Google has also started a Person Finder for the Boston Marathon Explosions:  http://google.org/personfinder/2013-boston-explosions/

For complete coverage visit CBS News and FOX News.

Posted April 15, 2:24 PM CST:  Two explosions at the headquarters of the Boston Marathon were reported near the finish line.

Eight runners from the Four State area took part in today's marathon.  Their results are below:

  • Scott Cichon (Pittsburg) - 2:43:43
  • Nathan Sicher (Carl Junction) - 2:57:45
  • Kenneth Schramm (Joplin) - 3:10:47
  • Karen Plucinski (Carl Junction) - 3:24:00
  • Ashleigh Beyersdorfer (Joplin) - 3:34:10
  • Marisa Forth (Webb City) - 3:35:44
  • David O'Bryan (St. Paul) - 3:47:46
  • Kathy Wrensch (Carl Junction) - 3:48:08
Both CBS News and FOX News are covering the unfolding events.

Updated at 2:55 PM CST:  The Run Around in Joplin confirms Ashleigh Beyersdorfer, Marisa Forth, Karen Plucinski and Nathan Sicher are ok.

The KOAM Sports Director spoke with Scott Cichon shortly after the explosions occurred and he is ok as well.

We are working to confirm the safety of Kenneth Schramm, David O'Bryan and Kathy Wrensch.

Updated at 2:59 PM CST:  We're received word that Kathy Wrensch is ok.

Updated at 3:13 PM CST:  Family members have confirmed that David O'Bryan is ok as well.

We are still working to confirm the safety of Kenneth Schramm of Joplin.

Updated at 3:14 PM CST:  We've confirmed that Kenneth Schramm is ok.

All eight runners from the Joplin-Pittsburg market are ok.

The Boston Police Department says two people are dead and there are at least 23 injuries.

Updated at 4:00 PM CST:  The Boston police say there was a 3rd explosion at JFK Library.

Cellphone service has been shut down in the area to prevent any potential remote detonations.

Also, Boston Police say if you are unable to locate a family member or friend in the Boston area please call 617-635-4500.

Updated at 4:20 PM CST:  Google has created a person finder for the Boston Marathon Explosions:  http://google.org/personfinder/2013-boston-explosions/

Updated at 4:35 PM CST:  Boston Police say the incident at the JFK Library appears to be fire related.

Updated at 5:10 PM CST:  Boston Police say no suspect is in custody.

Updated at 6:40 PM CST:  CBS News reporting at least 90 people were injured, and two dead.  One of those killed is an eight year old boy.

Police say no suspect has been taken into custody.

For complete coverage visit CBS News and FOX News.
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