Boston, MA (NNCNOW.com) --- Duluth, Minn. native Kara Goucher and her family are safe following two explosions near the finish line of the 117th Boston Marathon on Monday, with confirmation coming via Twitter and email to NNCNow.com.
"My heart is broken, but my family and I are fine," Goucher tweeted shortly after 3:00 p.m. CST. "Please pray for those who aren't."
Goucher and her family are staying in a hotel less than a block away from where the blasts occurred, with that building now having gone into a lockdown.
The Duluth East graduate finished in sixth place, coming across the finish line hours ahead of when the explosions happened in the streets of downtown Boston.
NNCNOW.com has received a statement from Goucher's sister, Kelly Grgas-Wheeler, concerning the family's current condition.
"We are ok. Our hotel, the Fairmont, is less then a block from where the bombs went off. In fact you can see the area from one side of the hotel. We were all together when the bombs exploded, it shook the building and was so loud that we knew instantly something had happened that wasn't normal.
Our hotel is extremely secure and went into lockdown. No one in or out. The scene outside our hotel is weird and surreal. We are aware they have found more items. We are safe though. Worried for everyone but safe.
Kara does not want to make a statement other than what she tweeted. She is heartbroken.
We are thankful, so very thankful we were all together when it happened. We are also so grateful for all the concern for our entire family. It has been unbelievable. Everyone is so kind."
The Boston Marathon web site has 539 runners from Minnesota listed as officially registered and 444 runners from Wisconsin.