Thousands Run Last Mile of Boston Marathon

OneRun gives runners, victims a little more closure

By Newser Editors and Wire Services

Posted May 25, 2013 10:29 AM CDT

(Newser) – Thousands of athletes joined victims of the Boston Marathon bombings to run and walk the last mile of the race today, reclaiming the triumph of crossing the finish line. About 3,000 runners and bombing victims gathered in light rain this morning to run the final mile of the world's oldest annual marathon. The event, known as OneRun, ended at the official finish line. The idea was not only to honor first-responders and victims, but to let runners who didn't get a chance to finish do so.

Nick Pelton of Florida hugs his mom, Colleen, at today's 'OneRun' in Boston.
Nick Pelton of Florida hugs his mom, Colleen, at today's 'OneRun' in Boston.   (AP Photo/Winslow Townson)
Rachel, left, and Pam Vingsness of Newton, Mass., hug each other after crossing the finish line today.
Rachel, left, and Pam Vingsness of Newton, Mass., hug each other after crossing the finish line today.   (AP Photo/Winslow Townson)
Runners cross the finish line on Boylston Street in Boston today.
Runners cross the finish line on Boylston Street in Boston today.   (AP Photo/Winslow Townson)
Maxwell Surprenant, right, and Emily Perron hold up signs cheering on runners.
Maxwell Surprenant, right, and Emily Perron hold up signs cheering on runners.   (AP Photo/Winslow Townson)
Runners head toward the finish line.
Runners head toward the finish line.   (AP Photo/Winslow Townson)
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