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Former USD runner Matt Dewald uninjured at Boston Marathon

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Police investigate following two explosions at the finish line of the Boston Marathon. Police investigate following two explosions at the finish line of the Boston Marathon.

Former University of South Dakota cross country and track runner Matt Dewald participated in Monday's Boston Marathon, finishing 20th with a time of 2:19.35

He was not injured in any of the blasts.

The Yankton native says he finished the marathon and returned to his hotel Le Meridien which is about a mile from the course.

He believes he left about five minute before the first explosion went off.

Roughly 96 countries are represented in the Boston Marathon, and Dewald says what should have been a celebration of one of the oldest running events, is now a tragedy.

"Today was a celebration of everyone putting in the time and effort and preparation for an event like this," Dewald said.  "I mean, it's known world wide. It's the oldest marathon in the world.  It has such a great tradition and to see it be tainted by this, is sickening. It really puts a damper on the day.  So many people were here with family and friends celebrating and having fun and to have a tragic end to it it's disgusting. It's hard to put into words."

Dewald says he would like to participate in another Boston Marathon, and hopes nothing like what happened Monday, happens again.

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