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World-Class Track and Field Ministry Reacts to Bomb at Boston Marathon

Contact: 4 WINDS, 608-469-7956

MADISON, Wis., April 15, 2013 /Christian Newswire/ -- There are deaths being reported at the Boston Marathon after an explosion near the finish line.

Steve McConkey, 4 WINDS President, was 100 meters from where the bomb went off during the 1996 Atlanta Summer Olympics. Steve was with his wife Liz, their son, and a family friend.

4 WINDS is a world-class track and field ministry that works with athletes worldwide and is located in Madison, Wisconsin.

After the Atlanta bomb, they were interviewed by the FBI because they saw a person with a large Army bag going in the direction of where the bomb eventually went off in Atlanta.

In Atlanta, they saw people being pushed back or more people would have died. They were close enough to feel the wind from the bomb.

Steve McConkey says, "We need to pray for those injured and for the families of those who died at Boston. Pray the authorities would find who is responsible. This will change forever how road races are done in the USA. You will see Olympic type security at all events, including more track and field meets. Sad day for the running community in the USA."

Steve McConkey is the President of 4 WINDS, a world-class track and field ministry. Steve and his wife Liz have been involved in world-class track and field ministries since 1981, spanning eight Olympics. They have lived in Eugene, Dallas-Fort Worth, Minneapolis-St. Paul, and now Madison.

Steve graduated from Western Kentucky University (Master of Public Health) and Liz from the University of Wisconsin-Superior (BS-Teachers Education). Steve was born in Des Moines, Iowa and moved to Northwest Wisconsin after the sixth grade. Liz is from Mankato, Minnesota.