Binghamton runners won't slow down

By Kelly McCarthy

April 16, 2013 Updated Apr 17, 2013 at 2:03 AM EDT

Binghamton, NY (WBNG Binghamton) A handful of Binghamton area runners participated in the Boston Marathon on Monday. None were injured and all have returned back to the area safely, but they wonder if the bombings in Boston will impact the future of running.

"I don't think there was any intention to make this about running but it certainly has become about running now," said Chris Cowden, of the Triple Cities Runners Club. "Even my run this morning became about that."

The Boston Marathon puts athletes through more than 26 miles of non-stop running and only those who run a qualifying time can enter. After the race, It's typical for many runners to let their legs rest for the next few days.

On Tuesday, sixth-time Boston Marathon finisher Emily Taylor laced up her shoes within 24 hours of stepping off the course in Boston.

"I know that there were three lives lost yesterday, so I ran three miles. A mile for each of them," Taylor said.

Taylor's recovery was different this year. It was about remembering why those who choose to run should not be afraid to continue.

"Running is purest of all sports," Taylor said. "It is you, it is your feet. It is just pure joy for most of us that do it."

Past marathon runners are confident the bombings in Boston will not keep people from attending future events.

"This isn't part of our daily lives," Cowden said. "We could go out the next morning and run and not fear that something like this is going to happen. That we could go to events like this. We just have to pick our heads up and move forward."

Before the race some local runners were ready to move away from the long hours of training and call this their last marathon.

"For me it was going to be my last marathon," said Brian Cupp, of Newark Valley. "It takes tons of training, it takes tons of time which really I don't have a lot of either."

Those thoughts soon vanished after the runners witnessed two bombings shortly after their marathon finish.

"I'm going back," Taylor said. "I don't care. We have to show the terrorists or whoever did this to us that we are stronger than they are."

Strength that comes from weeks of trainings and a mentality that says, "never give up."

"I think I might do another Boston," Cupp said. "Just to go back and say you didn't win. I think that is what you are going to see out of the Binghamton area as well. We've got a group of 30 or 40 of us that runs on Sunday mornings and you're going to see the resiliency of no other."

First reactions from Binghamton Marathon runners