Thousands run final mile of Boston Marathon to reclaim triumph

BOSTON (AP) - Thousands of athletes joined victims of the Boston Marathon bombings to run and walk the last mile (1.6km) of the race, reclaiming the triumph of crossing the finish line.

About 3,000 runners and bombing victims gathered in light rain on Saturday morning to run the final mile of the world's oldest annual marathon. The event, known as OneRun, began at Kenmore Square and ended at the official finish line.

Explosions near the finish line killed three people and wounded more than 260 on April 15.

Organiser Kathleen McGonagle said OneRun honours victims and emergency workers and allows runners to reclaim the final mile.

The National Anthem was sung by the choir from St Ann Parish, where eight-year-old victim Martin Richard's family worshipped.

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