SPOKANE, Wash. -

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.

"Very dicey situation, we were evacuated out of the lobby, police came in with bomb sniffing dogs and all sorts of rumors around sort of like 9/11," he said.

He's run close to 50 marathons, but will he run in Boston again, a marathon so close to his heart?

"Honestly, I don't know. It feels like Boston was just so pure ... it was just a pure joy," he said.

While he doesn't know if he'll run Boston again he does know it's good to be back in Spokane because like the saying goes, 'There's no place like home.'

"We wanted to leave. We caught a very early fight. We just wanted to be home," he said.

Many local runners are coming back later Tuesday night and on Wednesday. KXLY wishes them and their families safe travels back home to the Inland Northwest.