The running community in Oregon and Southwest Washington is reacting Tuesday to the Boston Marathon bombing.

Oregon alone had more than 350 runners at the event, many of whom are still waiting to hear if anyone they knew was injured. Meanwhile, runners across the community are trying to make sense of the violence.

Les Smith has organized the Portland Marathon for 32 years.

"I don't think it's necessarily an attack on running at all. I think it was an attack on a highly iconic event that occurred on Patriot's Day," he said.

Smith says the event will continue. The Eugene and Vancouver marathons are also scheduled to go ahead.

He explained, "This is not a situation where people should close themselves up in their houses and be fearful of going to malls, being fearful of going to games, golf tournaments, tennis tournaments, whatever."

Smith is in Germany, where a running magazine just named the Portland Marathon one of the top ten in the world. Smith says discussions are underway to use the marathon's 'Going the Distance Foundation' to raise money for Boston victims.

This story originally appeared on Oregon Public Broadcasting.

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