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After the bombings at the Boston Marathons left one of the suspects dead and the other in the hospital, our 59 News spoke with local runners on how they feel about what's been happening.

"I ran Boston in 2010 and it's a special event, the whole crowd lines the event all 26 miles. It's such a happy day there," said avid marathon runner Jason Pyles.

In Beckley Sunday, runners ran in a 5K and 10K event for charity. Crossing the finish line after Monday's events, for some runners, became an incredibly emotional situation. Even though Beckley is separated to Boston by 750 miles, that's all that was on their minds.

The state of Massachusetts does not allow the death penalty. One runner told 59 News she's not too happy about that.

"I'm glad that it's not right away so they can do some research and interview him and investigate him. But in the future I wouldn't be opposed," said runner Jamie Allenbaugh.

According to authorities, law enforcement did not read the suspect his Miranda rights. Another runner weighed in on that.

"I know that there is laws that say you don't have to in certain cases, but maybe just to be safe they should have read them," runner Amanda Miller added.

Before the race began, runners were given a sticker saying "Boston Strong" in remembrance of Monday's events. After the race some runners told me they wanted to quit because they were tired but then they remembered to be strong for Boston.

"There were a few parts today in the race where I was so tired and wanted to quit but then I just said to myself: This is for Boston, this is for Boston, this is for Boston," said Miller.

One runner decided to go the extra mile and make "Boston Strong" T-shirts to wear in the race. She told us why she wanted to do her part.

"Well because of Boston I wanted to run for them because some of them can't run anymore and I just wanted to do this to honor them," said runner Missy Burleson.

The winner of both the 5K and the 10K, who has run in the Boston Marathon multiple times before, said the tragedy only inspires him more to keep on running.

"I plan to go back next year. Our theory is don't run away, run on. So that's what I'm going to do," Pyles said.