Unprecedented kindness - Boston Marathon to call back runners who couldn't finish
By Catholic Online (NEWS CONSORTIUM)
5/16/2013 (4 years ago)
Catholic Online (www.catholic.org)
Several thousand runners who did not get to finish the Boston Marathon because of the terrorist bombings, will be invited back next year. According to Boston officials, about 5,600 runners will get a second chance to finish the race in 2014.
Some 5,600 runners will get a second chance to finish their race next year.
BOSTON, MA (Catholic Online) - The Boston Marathon is an exclusive race. Runners need to post good times in other races to qualify. However, many of those who hadn't yet finished the marathon were charity runners or people who were running for themselves with the goal of simply finishing.
Those people were cheated when two bombs exploded killing three people and injuring 264 more at 2:50 p.m. EDT.
Runners who were still making their way towards the finish line were immediately ushered off the path for their safety. At that time, it was unclear if the route was safe and the finish line had become a disaster area filed with first responders and injured victims.
To make up for the tragic interruption, organizers have said they will announce about 5,600 people back to participate in next year's race.
Tom Grilk, executive director of the Boston Athletic Association said, "The opportunity to run down Boylston Street and to cross the finish line amid thousands of spectators is a significant part of the entire Boston Marathon experience. With the opportunity to return and participate in 2014, we look forward to inviting back these athletes and we expect that most will renew their marathon training commitment."
It is hoped the special invitations can do something to make up for the loss of the opportunity to finish the race.
Sadly, many of the victims were people who were waiting for loved ones to finish the race. Many of those invited back may be returning and running for a friend or loved one who suffered injuries in the bombings.
The Boston Marathon bombings were carried out by a pair of brothers of Chechen ancestry, who were upset over U.S. activity in Iraq and Afghanistan. The older brother, Tamerlan Tsarnev, was killed in a shootout with police days after the bombings while the younger perpetrator, 19-year-old Dzhokhar Tsarnev is now in federal custody recovering from wounds he sustained after fighting with police.
Tsarnev left a note for authorities in which he described his brother as a martyr and expressed hope of joining him soon in paradise. Federal prosecutors are likely to ask for the death penalty in his case.
Copyright 2017 - Distributed by THE CALIFORNIA NETWORK
Pope Francis Prayer Intentions for OCTOBER 2017
Workers and the Unemployed. That all workers may receive respect and protection of their rights, and that the unemployed may receive the opportunity to contribute to the common good.
Super Bowl Sunday. It's as American as apple pie, but in recent years, controversy has erupted over the beloved American pastime and - ... continue reading
The Chicago Cubs have won the 2016 World Series in a 10-inning game, beating the Cleveland Indians 4-3. The win breaks a 108-year losing ... continue reading
The world lost a great human being and legendary sportsman in Arnold Palmer. The golfer passed away on September 25, a day before he was to ... continue reading
On Sept. 2, Dodger Stadium served as the center of a massive Venn diagram of local Catholics and lifelong fans of the Los Angeles Dodgers, ... continue reading
The Freedom From Religion Foundation (FFRF) group has accused Georgia football coach Mark Richt of forcing his beliefs onto the college ... continue reading
by Catholic Online
- Pope continues work toward reconciliation with Methodists
- Will Europe return to its Christian roots?
- St. Pope John Paul II: Saint of the Day for Sunday, October 22, 2017
- Daily Readings for Sunday, October 22, 2017
- Day 1 - Novena to the Saints in Heaven for the saints on earth HD Video
- Day 2 - Novena to the Saints in Heaven for the saints on earth HD Video
- Evil George Soros transfers $18 billion to support abortion, destroy ...
- Evil money - George Soros pays to start a revolution in America HD
- Daily Reading for Tuesday, October 24th, 2017 HD
- Daily Reading for Wednesday, October 25th, 2017 HD
- Daily Reading for Monday, October 23rd, 2017 HD
Learn about Catholic world
Inform - Inspire - Ignite
Catholic Online Saints
Your saints explained
Catholic Online Prayers
Prayers for every need
Catholic Online Bible
Complete bible online
Catholic Online News
Your news Catholic eye
Today's bible reading
Products and services we offer
Catholic Online Shopping
Catholic medals, gifts & books
The California Network
Inspiring streaming service
Learn the Catholic way