August 21, 2014
Boston Marathon attack: A moment of silence to remember the victims
The annual Boston Marathon took place today with a moment of silence before the race started, in honour of the three dead and 264 wounded by the bombing attack in last year’s marathon.
The 118th edition of the oldest urban marathon in the world is held as a tribute to those who lost their lives after bombs exploted near the finish line last year and to support the city’s new motto after the attack: “Boston strong”
36,000 athletes joined the competition, the second highest number of runners in the history of the traditional marathon.
Among them are many of the 5,600 who were unable to cross the finish line last year due to the attack. Amby Burfoot, Boston Marathon champion in 1968, is one of them. Before the race, the 67-year old runner distributed 200 business cards that read: "Thank you Boston Marathon fans, for your 118 years of support for all runners, fast and slow alike.”
"I came a long way for this," said 26-year-old John Finn, who had traveled from Berkeley, California, to run. "I was hoping to get into the marathon even before the bombing. But after it happened last year, I knew that this was something I wanted to be a part of, that it would be special."