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Tarrytown-Area Residents Shocked By Boston Marathon Explosions

Several runners from Tarrytown and Irvington competed in the Boston Marathon, but finished before two explosions rocked the end of the race course.
Several runners from Tarrytown and Irvington competed in the Boston Marathon, but finished before two explosions rocked the end of the race course. Photo Credit: Flickr User C Shore

TARRYTOWN, N.Y. – Tarrytown, Sleepy Hollow and Irvington residents were shocked by news of two explosions at the Boston Marathon on Monday.

“This is a very sad day for the country,” reader Derek Sampson wrote on The Tarrytown Daily Voice's Facebook page .

More than 140 people were injured and three people have died after two explosions at the Boston Marathon on Monday. The explosions took place near the finish line of the 26.2-mile race.

Nine people from Tarrytown and Irvington were registered to run in the race Monday, with no one registered from Sleepy Hollow or Pocantico Hills.

Tarrytown resident Joe Kearns finished the race about an hour before the explosions. He told The New York Daily News he was celebrating in his hotel room when he heard a loud noise. Tarrytown resident Shelby Harris was running in the race during the explosions but declined to speak about it when reached Monday. Another Tarrytown resident, Sharon Callahan, was registered but did not run the race.

Six Irvington residents completed the race before the explosions, according to tracking data from the Boston Marathon. They are William Carroll, John Carron, Lindsey Gibbs, Todd Juenger Seth Harrison and John Viggiano. Harrison, who works as a photographer at The Journal News , told the newspaper he finished the race minutes before the explosions.

In a letter to the school community Tuesday, Irvington Superintendent Kristopher Harrison encouraged parents to talk with their kids about the news while seeking help for themselves as needed. Harrison asked families with a direct impact from the event to notify their principals or teachers.

“In our schools, staff will be extremely sensitive to students' needs and emotions today as well as in the days ahead,” he wrote. “If children want to talk about it, staff will strive to validate their concerns while sticking to normal routines and engaging them in learning. If children are upset, staff will connect them with a counselor, psychologist, or administrator who will identify the necessary support.”

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