Local runners resolved after Boston Marathon bombings

Published: Thursday, April 18, 2013 at 13:46 PM.

Reagan is a retired resident of Miramar Beach who served in the U.S. Air Force and as a pilot for Pan Am.

Two other local runners agree with Reagan's sentiments.

Santa Rosa Beach runner Lorre James has participated in many races though the years, including one in New Orleans, that draws between16,000 and 23,000 people.

"I always feel safe and people walk around with bags and backpacks all over the place with many holding dry clothes for the runners," she said. "The running world is a very trusting, 'we-are-all-in-this-together' family. Such a shame, all of this. I don't think it was pointed at runners as maybe just the mass event on such a big day in one of America's most high profile cities."

Seagrove resident Jeff Ellis has competed in the MDI Maine Marathon a handful of times, but has never run in the Boston event. He said running is "what makes me know I'm alive and enjoying living."

 "After competing in over probably 250 athletic events since my teens — including over 25 marathons and six full Ironmans throughout the U.S. and Europe — not many things can intimidate me now," he said.

For Ellis, it's all a matter of perspective.



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