Thousands finally finish Boston marathon

About 2,000 people, including Boston blasts victims, have symbolically finished the marathon at an emotional event here meant to show that the city has taken back ownership of the popular race that was targeted in a terror attack last month. Nearly seven weeks after two bombs went off near the finish line of the Boston Marathon, about 2,000 people on Saturday ran the last 1.6km – of the 42km race, crossing the finish line.

The impetus to run the final mile came from a group called ‘OneRun’, which was represented by spokesperson Kathleen McGonagle. Tom Grilk, the executive director of the Boston Athletic Association, organized the effort to give runners and those looking to honor victims a true Boston Marathon experience. A cold drizzle didn’t stop the marathon runners from running the final mile. It was their chance to “to run that final mile, stolen from us”, J Alain Ferry, who also helped organize the run, said.

The bombings killed three people and injured more than 250 people. Some of the victims were among the runner. Kyle Shade, 26, carried a Chinese flag to honor Lu Lingzi, a Chinese student who was killed in the bombing, a report said. Jarrod Clowery, a 35-year-old survivor of the Boston Marathon bombings, still facing at least two surgeries on legs riddled with burns and shrapnel wounds attended the ‘OneRun’.

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