DALLAS (CBSDFW.COM) – For many people across North Texas, the hardest part about the Boston Marathon bombing was waiting and praying that their friends and loved ones were safe. And long-distance marathoners in the DFW area, even those who did not directly know somebody in the event, were eager to support those who shared a common passion — a love for running.

CBS 11 News spoke with several runners who, altogether, know more than 30 people who were in Boston when the bombs exploded, and all of them are coming home to North Texas alive and unharmed.

Angela Kercher and Sarah Davis ran on Tuesday morning in honor of those who were at the Boston Marathon on Monday afternoon. “My heart just goes out to everyone who had to witness this, who’s a part of this, who’s had loss, tragedy in their lives because of it,” said Kercher, a member of the Dallas Running Club. “It’s just so unnecessary and it’s just very sad that this kind of violence happened.”

Bill Shipley with the Park Cities Morning Running Group has participated in the Boston Marathon seven times. The group has many friends who all ran in the marathon this year, and still more that attended as spectators. “Very interested in the marathon,” Shipley said. “I had about 15 people that I was tracking the times all during the marathon to see what their pace and their progress was.”

And shortly after the explosions, runner Jo Mattison went to text a friend who was in Boston. “First thing I did was I went to Facebook, and so glad I did because that’s the first thing I saw on my news feed on Facebook,” Mattison said. “She had put a post and she said, we’re all okay.”

Mattison said that she will now stop attending the big marathons like those in Boston, New York, Los Angeles and London. But not all runners agree with this sentiment. “A long time ago, my dad used to always tell me be careful when you go outside and don’t go to the grocery store at night and all this stuff,” recalled Sondra Patton, “and I knew long time ago that I’m not going to let life stop me from living.”

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