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Adidas Offends With Post-Boston Marathon Email

The company congratulated people on having 'survived' the marathon

(Newser) - "Congrats, you survived the Boston Marathon." So reads the subject line of an email sent to marathon participants by Adidas on Tuesday, USA Today reports. This was, for obvious reasons, a poor choice of subject line. And according to the New York Daily News , recipients of the email... More »

1st Woman to Enter Boston Marathon Running It Again

Kathrine Switzer returns

(Newser) - In 1967, only men were allowed to run the Boston Marathon. Yet Kathrine Switzer entered, got a bib number, and completed the race, becoming the first woman to do so in an official capacity . Fifty years later, she's running the marathon again, Outside Online reports. "Women make up... More »

Woman Who Lost Leg in Marathon Bombing Will Run This Year

Adrianne Haslet-Davis is training for April 18 race

(Newser) - Adrianne Haslet-Davis, who lost most of her left leg in the Boston Marathon bombing, will run the marathon this year. Haslet-Davis, who announced her plans Tuesday, tells Boston.com she wanted to make sure she was ready "both physically and mentally"—she was not a runner when she... More »

Injured Boston Marathon Couple Split Up

Decision more painful than amputation, survivor says

(Newser) - One of the stories of hope that came out of the Boston Marathon bombing doesn't have a fairy-tale ending after all. Rebekah Gregory, who was badly injured while waiting at the finish line along with then-boyfriend Pete DiMartino, is separating from DiMartino after less than a year of marriage,... More »

Mystery Solved: Bartender Shoveled Boston Marathon Finish Line

Chris Laudani's gesture is a big hit

(Newser) - Boston's blizzard has spawned an instant celebrity, and for a pretty good reason: Bartender Chris Laudani took it upon himself Tuesday afternoon to clear off the finish line of the Boston Marathon. Except he did so anonymously, at least at first. Philip Hillman snapped a photo of the gesture-in-progress... More »

17 Operations Later, Boston Survivor Loses Her Leg

'It's not you, it's me,' Rebekah DiMartino writes to her leg

(Newser) - A 27-year-old survivor of the Boston Marathon bombings had her leg amputated yesterday after 17 operations to try to save it, reports NBC News . But to get a sense of Rebekah DiMartino's state of mind, it's better to check out her Facebook post prior to the operation in... More »

Key Charge Dropped in Boston Bomb Hoax

Kevin Edson no longer faces 20 years in prison

(Newser) - That "performance artist" accused of a bomb hoax at this year's Boston Marathon is off the hook—at least for the heftiest charge he faced. The charge of making a false bomb threat, which could have landed 25-year-old Kevin Edson in prison for 20 years, has been dropped,... More »

Boston Runners: We Ran, Limped, Walked ... Together

Reflections on joining together to triumph over tragedy

(Newser) - Today's Boston marathon is in the books , but what makes the race so special will continue to reverberate beyond today, or even this year. Boston runners and their supporters share their thoughts:
  • "In no other sport do the underwear-wearing elites compete on the same asphalt, at generally the
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1st Since 1985: American Wins Boston Marathon

Meb Keflezighi breaks men's dry spell

(Newser) - Kenya's Rita Jeptoo successfully defended her Boston Marathon women's title this morning, becoming the seventh three-time winner and setting a new course record in the process. She crossed the finish line at the 118th marathon with a time of 2:18:57, reports the AP . Meanwhile, 38-year-old Meb... More »

How Today's Boston Marathon Will Be Different

It's expanded by 9K runners, with twice the police presence

(Newser) - Runners preparing for today's 118th Boston Marathon will see some notable differences a year after the bombing—starting with the number of people running. This year, some 36,000 will take part, or 9,000 more than usual, NBC News reports. That's the second-biggest field the marathon has... More »

Headed to Boston: Comfort Dogs

Team was on hand after last year's attacks

(Newser) - A team of golden retrievers helped Newtown recover from the Sandy Hook tragedy; the next year, they went to Boston after the marathon bombing. With another race approaching, the comfort dogs are visiting Boston once again, Yahoo News reports. "They're a calming presence and allow victims to open... More »

Meet the 'Artist' Behind Boston's Bomb Hoax

Kevin Edson, aka Kayvon Edson, posted strange meme jokes about Dzhokhar Tsarnaev

(Newser) - Police have identified the man suspected of planting a fake bomb near the finish line of the Boston Marathon last night, and he is … something else. His name is Kevin Edson, according to the AP . A barefoot Edson approached the finish line last night wearing a black veil over... More »

Boston Marathon Bans Bags, 'Bandits'

Military marchers also might be kicked out

(Newser) - The Boston Athletic Association is responding to last year's Marathon tragedy with an almost draconian set of new rules on competitors and spectators, the Boston Globe reports. According to a mass email sent out yesterday, the following are all forbidden this year: More »

Half-Marathoner Misses Turn, Wins 1st Marathon

Meredith Fitzmaurice qualifies for Boston in longest race of her life

(Newser) - That Meredith Fitzmaurice finished first among all female marathoners in an Ontario race on Sunday is a story that wouldn't typically make it past the local paper. But Fitzmaurice's story has a pretty awesome twist: She had never run more than 20 miles before and only entered the... More »

Girl Who Lost Brother, Leg in Boston Bombing Inspires

Jane Richard has new prosthetic leg

(Newser) - The Richard family suffered multiple tragedies at the Boston Marathon: Eight-year-old Martin was killed in the attack, mom Denise received a head wound, and Jane, 7, lost a leg. But in a Tumblr post yesterday picked up by the New York Times , they show they haven't been beaten. "... More »

Dzhokhar Tells Mother: 'I Am Absolutely Fine'

Boston suspect tells her by phone that his 'wounds are healing'

(Newser) - The mother of Dzhokhar Tsarnaev spoke to her son for the first time since the Boston Marathon bombings, and she recounts to Bloomberg the salient line:
  • “He said: ‘I am absolutely fine, my wounds are healing. Everything is in God’s hands. Be patient. Everything will be fine.
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Report Warned About Marathon Finish Line

Cited threat of 'small-scale bombings'

(Newser) - An 18-page report that emerged days before the Boston Marathon proved chillingly accurate in its warning: It said the race's finish line was an "area of increased vulnerability," noting a threat of "small-scale bombings" by extremists, the Los Angeles Times reports. But the report, from the... More »

3 Students Arrested in Boston Bombing

And taken into custody by federal authorities

(Newser) - Federal authorities arrested three 19-year-old college students today in connection with the Boston Marathon bombings, the Boston Globe reports. Two, Azamat Tazhayakov and Dias Kadyrbayev of New Bedford, have been charged with conspiracy to obstruct justice for allegedly helping Dzhokhar Tsarnaev dispose of a laptop and a backpack full of... More »

Boston Suspect Says Iraq, Afghan Wars Played Role

Elder brother bought fireworks in February

(Newser) - As the condition of Dzhokhar Tsarnaev improves in the hospital—he's been upgraded to fair condition—more dribs and drabs are emerging about the Boston Marathon plot and the apparent motivation behind it. Earlier accounts said Dzhokhar had described his brother Tamerlan as the driving force, and the Washington ... More »

Hero Cop Lost All His Blood in Boston Shootout

Wounded MBTA officer was a friend of slain MIT cop

(Newser) - The police officer wounded while chasing the Boston Marathon bombing suspects lost all of his own blood—and, for 45 minutes, his own heartbeat—after being shot in the thigh, but doctors "cautiously" believe he will make a full recovery. Massachusetts Bay Transportation Authority Officer Richard Donohue Jr., 33,... More »

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