Thousands complete Boston Marathon


NEW YORK: Thousands of runners and their supporters took to the streets of Boston on Saturday to finish the marathon many started a month ago—but were forced to abandon after bombs exploded near the finish line, the United States media reported.

Photos showed a pack of runners carrying three US flags and one Chinese flag and raising their arms defiantly as their feet pounded rain-drizzled pavement.

Two of the victims of the twin bombing were American, while a third was Chinese. The bombers are accused of killing a fourth person, an MIT police officer, days later as they attempted to evade arrest.

The run, organized by local running groups and businesses and publicized over social media, was billed as “OneRun,” with the slogan, “we’ll get our finish,” The Boston Globe reported.

Some 3,000 people participated, organizers said, according to the newspaper.

Two brothers, 19-year-old Dzhokhar and 26-year-old Tamerlan Tsarnaev, are accused of being behind the April 15 attack that also wounded more than 260 people.

Tamerlan Tsarnaev was killed in a shootout with police, and Dzhokhar was captured and taken into custody after an extensive manhunt.


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