"I don't know what I would have done," he said.
Ricky Campbell of Nitro was in West Virginia Monday. But he had planned to run the Boston Marathon for a second time until he came down with a virus this spring and missed a string of crucial training days.
"I had to change my plans at the last minute," he said.
Campbell handed off his bib to a friend, who is fine.
Campbell is the secretary of the Huntington Road Runners. That group was planning a group run Tuesday evening in Huntington to honor the bombing victims.
Runners planned to meet at the Marshall University Memorial Fountain at 8 p.m. to light two candles -- blue and yellow, the marathon's signature colors -- before setting off on a 2.62-mile run, to reflect the marathon's 26.2 miles.
"We just moved the decimal point," Campbell said. "Someone joked today that it's a tenth of a marathon."
Campbell is running another marathon next week, in Indiana. And while he says the Boston bombings have left the running community shaken -- marathons across the country are taking another look at their security measures -- he's not hesitating to run another one. He said he might run in Boston again next year.
Deel is thinking the same and said that's been the general sentiment among his runner friends.
"Everything I have seen from runners is just that this will not stop us," he said. "We are endurance athletes, and we will endure. We're not going to stop running."
Contact writer Shay Maunz at shay.ma...@dailymail.com or 304-348-4886.