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Boston Athletic Assoc. Calls Explosions 'Sad Day' For Boston

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Smoke is seen seconds after the first explosion is heard near the finish line of the Boston Marathon Monday. Smoke is seen seconds after the first explosion is heard near the finish line of the Boston Marathon Monday.

The Boston Athletic Association said it was a sad day for the City of Boston in a statement issued Monday night after two explosions along the Boston Marathon route killed three people and injured dozens.

"What was intended to be a day of joy and celebration quickly became a day in which running a marathon was of little importance," the statement, posted to the Boston Marathon's official Facebook page, read.

"We can confirm that all of the remaining runners who were out on the course when the tragic events unfolded have been returned to a community meeting area."

The association said it was cooperating with the city, the Commonwealth of Massachusetts and all federal law enforcement officials.

"We would like to thank the countless people from around the world who have reached out to support us today."

You can read the full statement on the association's Facebook page.

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