Nearly 40 people from the Spokane-Coeur d'Alene area ran in the Boston Marathon, many of the coming home with tales of what they saw and experienced on Monday.
Those who have already traveled home to the Inland Northwest say they're glad to be back. The day after the bomb blasts rocked the marathon and those runners returning home are doing anything but bragging about their run times.
Instead, it's a much different conversation, with a somber tone.
"It's very irrelevant," runner Paul Bridge said.
"When people's lives are lost at a thing like a marathon it just makes it feel pretty meaningless."
Bridge, who lives in Spokane Valley, has run the Boston Marathon 10 times.
He describes it as pure joy; the crowd, the atmosphere, there's nothing like it.
"Boston is kind of the Mecca for runners," he explained.
But now Bridge said the purity of the race has been tarnished.
"Now I feel like it's the other side ... the joy is just kind of gone," he said.
Bridge said he finished the race 15 minutes before the bombs detonated.