CHARLESTON, W.Va. -- Despite the bombings that killed three and injured scores more Monday, West Virginia runners say they are undeterred from their plans to run next year's Boston Marathon.
"I'm not going to let the acts of a few scare me from celebrating Patriots Day," said W.K. Munsey, a member of the Tallman Track Club in Charleston.
Munsey, a four-time participant in the Boston Marathon, has qualified for the 2014 race and plans to be there.
He said local runners were shocked and angered by the attacks, but he wants to put bombings out of his mind when he runs the race.
"I'm not going to think about it," Munsey said.
According to the marathon's website, 46 runners from West Virginia were registered for the race Monday. None was injured in the incidents. About 10 of the West Virginia runners had ties to the Charleston area, Munsey said.
He doesn't know how many local runners are planning to run the marathon next year.
"We haven't really got that far yet," Munsey said. "I know about a couple people that are qualified and are still going, and a bunch of men and women are going to [the Cleveland Marathon in May] to try to qualify."
Runners from the area were planning ways to honor and help bombing victims.
A fundraiser run/walk benefiting the victims of the attacks is planned for 3 p.m. Sunday at the Hurricane Wave Pool. The event is free but donations are being accepted. For information on the event, visit www.tristateracer.com.
The Huntington Road Runners planned to have a 2.6-mile run and light candles Tuesday evening beginning at the Marshall University Memorial Fountain.
Jason Pyles, 31, of Charleston, ran the Boston Marathon in 2010 and plans to run it in 2014.
"My approach is that you still live your life happy and live in the moment," Pyles said. "You try not to think about these really bad things that we've seen that can happen."