EUGENE, Ore. - The deadly bomb blasts at the Boston Marathon sent shockwaves of shock, disbelief and anger across the American running community.
In TrackTown USA, runners on a trail named in honor of the late distance runner Steve Prefontaine and others along the Amazon runing paths favored by beginners and Olympians alike struggled to come to grips with news of what happened.
Al Whalen said he has 2 friends from his running club who entered the Boston Marathon. He himself has run it at least 4 times and found what took place Monday unbelieveable.
"There's always folks out there with a cause to press," Whalen said. "I certainly don't think it's the right way to get it done but obviously people have twisted ideas about how to get their message across."
The attack hits close to home with the Eugene Marathon less than 2 weeks away - and the 2016 Track and Field Olympic Trials set to return to Hayward Field.
"It makes you think twice about having your family" at the marathon, said runner Leo Alapont, who had 3 friends running the Boston Marathon. "I've got a newborn and a 2-year-old and my wife."
Alapont, too, had run the Boston Marathon.
"I've run it before and there's millions upon millions of spectators at the end and so, for a prime target, to get a lot of people focusing on finishers running a race, it's just so tragic," he said.