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London marathoners dedicate run to Boston

Sunday, April 21, 2013 - 01:27

April 21 - Runners in the London Marathon say they are concerned about safety but still determined to run after Boston Marathon bombing last week. Lindsey Parietti reports.

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Runners gear up for the London Marathon -- last week's attack on Boston still fresh in the minds of many. The marathon bombing last week was likened to a battle scene, with three people killed and many losing limbs to shrapnel from the two improvised explosives that detonated near the finish line. The London racers observed a moment of silence Sunday before taking off. Some said they were nervous in the wake of the tragedy, but turned out to dedicate their performances to bombing victims. (SOUNDBITE) (English) MARATHON RUNNER, CARLY DAVIES, SAYING: "I was always going to run today but obviously, after what happened, it was so shocking and sort of terrible to see, so it does run through your mind - 'Is the same thing going to happen here today?' But yeah still want to run, and run for all those people that lost their lives." (SOUNDBITE) (English) MARATHON RUNNER, PAUL FAULKNER, SAYING: "Definitely not, no. It made me strong and feel that I definitely had to run today for the Bostonpeople itself. I have friends over in Boston and they were there on the day running as well so certainly, this is for you guys. London doubled the number of police securing the event and trash bins were removed from the course as a precaution. The 26-mile race starts in Greenwich, crosses Tower Bridge and eventually passes Big Ben and Buckingham Palace to end in the heart of London. The organisers will donate 2 pounds per finisher, for an estimated total of 70,000 pounds, to The One Fund Boston for victims' families.

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London marathoners dedicate run to Boston

Sunday, April 21, 2013 - 01:27