"Some of the very things that make it very democratic, open and great, are the same things that make it a target," he says.
Another Bowling Green Boston Marathon runner has returned home safely.
Cort Basham compares the unforgettable sounds he heard from the bombs on Monday to construction dynamite, but he knew it was much worse.
After completing his third Boston Marathon, just an hour later, he heard the two loud booms.
He describes the scene immediately after.
"It was like movie stuff. There was panic, and screaming, and many were running. Many were just moving quickly away, and so all of us who were a block away who couldn't see, we just understood that there was something wrong and just tried to move away as quickly as we could."
As Cort, his mom, and many others fled from the area, he never thought about the danger they were in.
"I just ran 26 miles and all I could think about was getting away. We were walking and not trying to run past people, but at some point, I guess later that night was when we got back to my friend's house, it did hit me at some point that I ran past live bombs," he says.
All the Bowling Green marathon runners and their friends and family are safe, but minutes after the explosions, like Bowling Green wheelchair participant Matt Davis, millions started making phone calls.
"My first reaction was, 'Are my friends okay that are there?' and so I was trying to find that out. The people that I knew in my circle were fine. Everybody was checking on me, and I was checking on them," Davis says.
On his flight back home, Basham and his mom met several marathon runners who witnessed the explosions.
The blast was so loud, one of the runners returned to his home in Nashville with a perforated eardrum.
"They were shocked, stunned, in disbelief. Surreal was the most common word used. It didn't feel real," Basham says.
He says this won't stop him from running.
"Some of the very things that make it very democratic, open, and great are the same things that make it a target," he says.
Basham will run in the Chicago Marathon in the fall, and expects to be back in Boston this time next year.
Basham says this tragic event has strengthened his faith in humanity.
He says as thousands were running away from the blasts, first responders and volunteers were running to help.