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More than 360 Georgians in Boston for marathon

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Susan Jones hears from her daughter, who ran the Boston Marathon on Monday. Susan Jones hears from her daughter, who ran the Boston Marathon on Monday.
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Friends and family turned to texts and social to make sure local runners participating in Monday's Boston Marathon were safe. More than 360 Georgians participated in the marathon, which was rocked by two explosions that killed at least two and injured more than 100 others.

Charlie Crawford was greeted with a big hug from his son at Hartsfield Jackson Atlanta International Airport as he returned home Monday night.

"It was a horrific ending to the day in Boston. My heart -- it's a tough day," said Crawford.

Betty Fendrick was also at the airport. She was waiting for her daughter, Michelle Frank, who ran the marathon.

"I was going to go watch her and I was thinking I would have been standing right there right there at the finish line," said Fendrick.

Some of Atlanta's top runners gathered at Phidippides to check on friends and loved ones.

Susan Jones' daughter was standing at the finish line in Boston most of the day.

"All I want to do is hear her voice and I'm sure she thought I was crazy because I kept going, ‘I love her, I love her.' She's like, ‘OK mom, I'm fine. I got to get on the plane. I'm leaving.' But I just had to make sure she was OK," Jones said.

Danny Borgois, who runs marketing for the Louisiana Marathon, was standing where the bomb went off most of the morning. He was also in Centennial Olympic Park in Atlanta the night of the 1996 Olympic bombing.

"I felt like I was back in Atlanta again. I felt like it was the Olympics all over again. It caught me off guard," said Borgois.

Jones got a call from Atlanta runner Jerry Dubner, who was crossing the finish line of his 21st Boston Marathon as the second explosion hit.

"I saw some people lining at the side of the road and I saw blood," said Dubner.

Some Georgians got stuck in Boston after being unable to make their flights home on Monday.

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