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Boston Blasts

3,000 athletes reclaim final mile in Boston Marathon
Agencies
Washington, May 27, 2013
First Published: 02:24 IST(27/5/2013)
Last Updated: 02:25 IST(27/5/2013)

At least three thousand athletes and Boston Marathon bombing victims reclaimed the Boston Marathon victory by completing the final mile of the sporting event.

The one-mile run began at Kenmore Square and ended at the finish line as participants celebrated their triumph, Fox News reports.

Spokeswoman for the event OneRun, Kathleen McGonagle said thousands of athletes joined the league with the victims and gathered in light rain to compete for the marathon to honour victims and emergency workers and allow runners to reclaim the finish line.

According to the report, the runners did not get the chance to finish the marathon on April 15 due to explosions near the finish line that killed three people and injured at least 260 others.

McGonagle said the event had been organised for the runners, who did not get the chance to finish the marathon, adding that this event would give them the opportunity to experience the final mile that was taken away from them.

The event ended with the National Anthem sung by the choir from St Ann Parish, where an eight-year-old victim Martin Richard's family worshipped, stated the report.

Ethiopian Winner returns medal
The winner of the men's race at the Boston Marathon said he was returning his medal to honour the city and those killed and injured in the terrorist bombings near the finish line of one of the world's top running events.

Lelisa Desisa said sport should be a pleasure and never a battlefield. He made the announcement at a ceremony with US secretary of state John Kerry on Sunday. Kerry also honoured the woman's runner-up and the men's third place finisher. All three athletes are from Ethiopia. Kerry is in Ethiopia to mark the 50th anniversary of the African Union.


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