Running legend Bill Rodgers says terrorists will never destroy the Boston Marathon.
"Athletes live a certain way and there's that slogan … have no fear," Rodgers told "The Steve Malzberg Show" on Newsmax TV.
"That's the way I want to live and that's the way we live in America and that's one of our great, great strengths."
Story continues below video.
Rodgers is riding in the lead car of this year's Beantown race on Monday, a year after two brothers with extremist Islamist beliefs set off bombs that killed 3 and injured 264.
The four-time Boston Marathon winner got a heart-stopping jolt when he heard about the twin blasts because his daughter Elise had been at the finish line. Luckily, she had left the area just minutes earlier.
"Yes, there was a hit against us, but our greatest strength is how we respond and when you show the world … the good things about this country, it's exemplified in events like this," Rodgers said.
"Running is a sport that brings the world together and we're going to see that in Boston. That's what it is."
Rodgers, founder of the Bill Rodgers Running Center, said terrorists who plot death and destruction are "living in a crazy, crazy, crazy, horrible place" that's not sustainable.
"I'm one of these dudes who I'd say … hey, get the world leaders together and get all the religious leaders together of the world, let's do something that's better," Rodgers said.
"We can do great things here in America through sports, simple stuff — one foot in front of the other."
Aside from the Boston Marathon, Rodgers also won the New York City Marathon four times.
See "The Steve Malzberg Show" on Newsmax TV each weekday live by clicking here now.
© 2014 Newsmax. All rights reserved.