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Sunday
Apr212013

Runners Around the World Show Solidarity with Boston

Hemera/Thinkstock(NEW YORK) -- Runners around the globe this weekend showed their solidarity with the victims of the Boston Marathon bombing.

At the London Marathon, the first major race since Boston, runners wore black ribbons and observed a moment of silence to honor the victims of the attack before starting on the 26.2-mile course.

One week after she won the wheelchair race in Boston, 23-year-old American Tatyana McFadden also came out on top in London.

"You know this whole weekend was dedicated to Boston and we got huge support from London. So, I couldn't be happier -- just getting support. It was just a wonderful day," she told BBC News.

In New York's Central Park, an annual 4-mile race benefiting the City Parks Foundation took on new meaning.

Of the thousands of runners, many sported special bibs and "I Run for Boston" T-shirts that were sold by race organizers with the proceeds benefiting One Fund Boston, the official charity for those affected by the bombing.

In Tallahassee, Fla., approximately 1,000 people are expected to gather on Sunday for a symbolic 5.2-mile run to honor the victims and runners who were sidelined on the Boston Marathon course when twin explosions tore through the finish line.

"We heard a lot of the runners were stopped at the twenty-first mile of the race," organizer Shannon Colavecchio told ABC News.

"We are going to finish this marathon for everyone," she said.

Tallahassee also has a special connection to Boston, she said, since many runners participate in the city's marathon each February, which boasts a flat course, in order to qualify for the race in Boston.

Colavecchio said the proceeds from the event would go to the Boston Red Cross.

Other solidarity runs took place from Vermont to San Francisco earlier in the weekend. A run called "Boston Strong San Diego" was planned for Monday.

"I think this a testament to the fact everybody in the country wants to do something," Colavecchio said. "We will not be terrorized and we will not stop running."

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Saturday
Apr202013

Extra Security for Major Weekend Races

Hemera/Thinkstock(TEMPE, Ariz.) -- Extra security is on hand for major races this weekend in the wake of the horrific events at the Boston Marathon bombings, but runners are still eager to race.

In Tempe, Ariz. On Saturday, more than 30,000 people are expected to take part in the ninth annual “Pat’s Run.” The 4.2 mile run honors Pat Tillman, NFL star turned soldier who died fighting in Afghanistan in 2004. Tempe Police Officer Michael Pooley says in the wake of the Boston bombings, they can't be too careful.

“Obviously we're taking it very seriously. There's no credible threats right now but what we are looking forward to is just making sure that this is a fun, safe event and everybody goes away having a very good time and a good memory,” Pooley said.

“We're Americans. I mean, we persevere, we get through it and we come together and this is going to be a great day,” said Shannon Moore, a runner in the race.

Similar precautions have been taken for Sunday’s London Marathon, a major running event in the running world. There will be 40 percent more officers present than there were at the 2012 race, but London police say they see no specific threats linked with what happened in Boston.

The race will start with a thirty second moment of silence in honor of the Boston victims, and runners are encouraged to wear black armbands. Sponsor Virgin London Marathon has pledged to donate just over $3 for every finisher in the event to The One Fund Boston set up to help victims.

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