Commissioner David Gray was in the Boston area at the time.
Security is expected to be beefed up a little during the Frederick Running Festival next month following Monday's explosions at the Boston Marathon. That's according to Lee Corrigan, President of Corrigan Sports Enterprises, which organizes the event. "We have a number of police officers on site, number one. Number two, we have also hired security as well," he says. "We're going to do what we always do, and we're going to ramp it up."
The Frederick Running Festival will take place the weekend of May 4th and 5th at the Frederick Fairgrounds. The 13.5-mile half-marathon begins Sunday morning, with the starting line and finish line at the Fairgrounds.
Police say three people died and more than 140 were injured following two explosions at the finish line of the Boston Marathon on Monday. The Associated Press reports some people lost their limbs, and at least one of the runners was knocked off their feet. Windows were shattered and smoke was sent into the air.
Police say no motive has been determined and no suspect is in custody.
Corrigan says incidents like these are very rare at running festivals around the country. "Usually very peaceful events. Great celebrations of the community and the sport," he says.
He also says organizers of the Frederick Running Festival send out their hearts and prayers to the victims' and their families, as well as the police, fire and rescue personnel on duty that day.
Frederick County Commissioner David Gray was in the Boston area on Monday. He says he was in Newton, visiting his two daughters and his three grandchildren. He says the husband of one of his nieces, whose name is Tony, was racing in the Boston Marathon. "He got to the finish line an hour before so he didn't actually hear any explosions. One daughter and her friend, met him and came back up on the 'T' which is the subway for Boston," he says. The "T" is the Massachusetts Bay Transportation Authority, which provides commuter rail service in the Boston area.
Gray says he was not an eyewitness to the explosion, but learned about it by watching TV. "That brings the chill back that you began to feel after nine-eleven. I tell you. It's spooky," he says.
The Boston Marathon usually takes place on Patriot's Day in Massachusetts, which is set aside to remember the Battles of Lexington and Concord in 1775. Gray says it was a holiday atmosphere in the Boston area that day. "It's a together day. It's a uniting sort of day. It's incredibly sad that we have to look to these kind of celebrations with anxiety," he says.
President Obama is urging Americans not to jump to conclusions about this incident, saying officials still do not know who did this or why. In a short statement from the White House, the President said "we will find out who did this," and those responsible "will feel the full weight of justice."