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Several Peninsula-area Boston Marathon participants reported safe; security vigilant in Hampton Roads

Several Peninsula-area Boston Marathon participants reported safe; security vigilant in Hampton Roads

It was Williamsburg resident Matt Boothe’s first marathon. He never got to finish.

Boothe and running companion Lynn Howard of York County were participating in Monday’s Boston Marathon when the explosions that killed two and injured more than 100 stopped the race.

“We were 0.2 miles from the finish line,” Booth said, when the marathon runners were stopped by Boston police. Boothe and Howard ran back to the hotel to get to their cell phones and contact family members and friends who were at the finish line, near where the explosions occurred.

“I ran a little faster,” Boothe said, despite having finished nearly 26...

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