The 17 Singaporeans who took part in the Boston Marathon have begun to make plans to leave the city, in the aftermath of Monday's deadly explosions.
Ms Melissa Keong, 37, had initially planned to spend Monday night in Boston before driving up to Montreal. But following the blasts, her friend and her decided to leave immediately, making the six-hour journey by car.
"My friend made the decision to leave immediately because our hotel is very near to the finish line," said the senior solutions specialist with IT services provider Dimension Data. "Everyone was checking out."
Ms Lin Run'er, a 30-year-old teacher, is likely to be among the first Singaporeans to get home - she is booked on a flight that is scheduled to leave Boston on Tuesday evening.
A group of six runners from the Safra Running Club is staying outside of the city and had made plans to drive to Washington DC, New York City and Canada after the race.
It is understood that all 17 who competed are unhurt from the blasts.