Birmingham man talks about running in Boston Marathon one year after bombings

Alex Morrow will be running in the 2014 Boston Marathon one year after the bombings. (

Alex Morrow remembers when he heard two bombs detonated at the finish line of the Boston Marathon. As a running coach and avid runner himself, the Birmingham resident was in disbelief.{}"First, initially was concern. There was a lot of our runners up there," said Morrow. "I knew of dozens of runners up there. Texts and emails and phone calls were flying left and right. Thankfully, no one locally was hurt."The bombing killed several people and left hundreds injured. Runners from our area made it home unharmed but scarred by the images of terror they witnessed.{}

Morrow says running the Boston Marathon one year after the bombings will not be about competing.

"I want to go up there and enjoy the experience," he said.{}

Morrow wants to honor the race, the victims, and a tight knit community of runners while not becoming overwhelmed by the attention and publicity.{}"If you get so wrapped up in the hype and the atmosphere, and you get in your head, you'll have a bad experience," he said. "The whole goal now is to stay relaxed."{}Lisa Stout Booher is also running the marathon, and while she's excited to participate, she also has some reservations.{}"I'll definitely be updating my will before I leave because you just never know what could happen. {}You just want to be safe and take all of the precautions that you can," said Booher.