Local runners resolved after Boston Marathon bombings

Jim Reagan

Local Jim Reagan qualified for the Boston Marathon and would have been there if not for being sidelined by an injury while training.

Published: Thursday, April 18, 2013 at 01:46 PM.

When local runner Jim Reagan qualified for the Boston Marathon following his Disney Marathon finish score in January 2012, he was thrilled as this was his first time to qualify.

"It was a big deal as it is not that easy to qualify for Boston," he said.

Reagan began training with long runs around Sandestin and up and down any hills he could find to get ready for the hills of Boston. His excitement and anticipation spilled over to the rest of his family. His oldest daughter, who lives in Texas, made plans to meet him in Boston and be waiting for him at the finish line to celebrate.

Unfortunately, though, Reagan's intense training for the event caused bruising on his bones six weeks ago, and his doctor ordered him to cease running for six weeks.

He was forced to drop out of the race. But if it had not been for those bruised bones, Reagan and his daughter would have been at the Boston Marathon on Monday.

"It's terrible," said Reagan, whose first thought was shock that someone would do this; then he thought about his daughter, who would have been standing somewhere near the bomb site when it went off.

"That was a very scary thought," he said. "But I don't think I will allow what happened on Monday to keep me from entering marathons. I don't think you should let things like that scare you or the terrorists win. And I don't think it will change Boston; they will probably just up security like the airports have done. The Boston Marathon will continue."

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