Boston College Students to Walk Final Marathon Miles
'We decide when our marathon ends'
By Kevin Spak, Newser User
Posted Apr 16, 2013 3:34 PM CDT
Runners start the 115th running of the Boston Marathon, in Hopkinton, Mass., Monday, April 18, 2011.   (AP Photo/Stew Milne)

(Newser) – More than 12,000 people have signed up to walk the last five miles of the Boston Marathon route on Friday in a show of support for those who had their marathon cut short. The march is being organized by Boston College students, Mashable reports. "For anyone who did not get to finish, For anyone who was injured, and For anyone who lost their life...we will walk," the event's Facebook page says. "We will walk to show that we decide when our marathon ends."

Another group plans to go even further, rerunning the entire marathon (or at least following the route; the Facebook page says you can jog, walk, or even rollerblade or bike it if you prefer). That event, scheduled for Sunday, so far has just a couple dozen people signed up. " It doesn’t really matter who joins, it could be just me … but the plan is the same start time and same location as [the Boston Marathon]," the organizer tells Boston Magazine .

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Apr 17, 2013 12:20 AM CDT
If this event actually happens, and I believe that it will. It will be infinitely more than just a gesture. It will make a statement heard around the whole world that we will not allow acts of evil to define who we are and what our lives are all about. That we truly care about one another and that we will transform our world. SO LET IT BE WRITTEN,,,,,SO LET IT BE DONE!!!!!!!!!
Apr 16, 2013 8:16 PM CDT
Some see this as an empty gesture; I, for one, see it as the gesture of a collective middle finger extended in the direction of the perpetrating scum.
Apr 16, 2013 7:30 PM CDT
Love this. It feels good to stand and be counted. Do not give in to fear... or those who can't understand why you do this.