Bowling Green Boston Marathon Runners Fear for Safety at Future Events

By Lauren Forsythe | 

The day after two explosions shook the Boston Marathon, the four Bowling Green participants say security has been heightened, and two of the runners say they fear for their safety in future marathons.

A little more than a half hour after he finished the race Monday, Bowling Green native Grant Cline heard loud booms, thinking he heard fireworks, until he saw people running in fear from the finish line.

"People were rushing around like they were trying to avoid that area. A lot of first responders and people there were helping, a lot of them didn't run away, they were running toward the people," Cline says.

Cline never worried about his safety, but the safety of the other bystanders and runners.

"I had a lot of people praying for me, and of course it does not reduce the death and injury that has occurred to all these people, just because I am safe and my wife is safe," he says.

Two other Bowling Green runners Cort Basham and Michael Eaton are also safe and on their way back to Kentucky.

Wheelchair participant Matt Davis caught a flight back to Bowling Green after the race last night.

He says security has been increased in airports.

"They asked me did I do the race and when did I leave. They asked me some extra questions, you could tell there was a different feel even at that airport," Davis says.

The runners worry the heightened security in Boston will change events like this forever.

"I think they have come out with guns a blazing so to speak, to say, 'Hey, we're here, and we're going to make sure that nothing happens forward'," Cline says.

"I just think that every race that I do from now on in the United States is going to have more of a security presence in, and there's probably going to be more of a process as far as being involved in the race, and it's too bad that, because of this that you're not safe anywhere it seems like," Davis says.

Authorities say the explosives were made of pressure cookers with metal and ball bearings, and are believed to have been transported in backpacks.

Governor Steve Beshear has directed flags at all state office buildings be lowered to half-staff until sunset on Saturday as a mark of respect for the victims of Monday explosions.

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