The Boston Marathon bombings on Monday were all too real for one local runner.
David McCollam, 33, of Bridgeport was in Boston to run in his ninth marathon and was one of 46 West Virginians in the race.
He completed the race two hours before the bombings took place and heard about them on his way to New Hampshire.
He said he completed the Boston Marathon with his second fastest time in any marathon, and the explosions take away his happiness for that.
"It really is tragic, the Boston Marathon is such a wonderful first class event and it was a beautiful day. I remember crossing the finish line and it was such a positive feeling and for me personally, it was a good race. Everything was positive, and then you hear this happen and it really just puts a damper on things, and it's such a shame. My heart goes out to the families that were affected by it and the people that got hurt," said McCollam.
McCollam is a special ed teacher at Lincoln High School. His family was at the race and left before the explosions happened.
"My sister and my wife, they were actually watching the finish line very close to where the explosion happened, but obviously they were there two hours before the explosion happened. It was just kind of a little bit scary because you see it on the news, and they've been watching on the news and they're like, ‘We were right there!'," McCollam said.
McCollam said the events on Monday won't hinder him from running in another marathon.
"You can't totally control everything that happens, and I don't believe in living life in fear. You know I trust God and I wouldn't let this affect if I would run Boston again or not," said McCollam.
This was McCollam's second Boston Marathon.