Skip to comments.London Marathon: Runners and crowds mark Boston attack
Posted on 04/21/2013 2:27:17 PM PDT by the scotsman
'Tens of thousands of runners have taken part in the London Marathon, many with black ribbons on their vests in honour of the victims of the Boston bombings.
A record 700,000 spectators lined the streets as the 36,000 runners set off from Blackheath, where a 30-second silence was held.
Three people died and more than 170 were injured by Monday's blasts, near the finish line of the Boston Marathon.
Hundreds of extra police officers were drafted in as reassurance in London.
About half a million people were expected to watch the race, although official estimates have yet to be made.
Just before the start of the main race, event commentator Geoff Wightman introduced the half-minute silence.
"Marathon running is a global sport," he said.
"It unites runners and supporters on every continent in pursuit of a common challenge and in the spirit of friendship and fellowship."
He said the marathon family had been "shocked and saddened" by the events in Boston and the silence was to show "our respect and support for the victims".
A senior US diplomat based in the UK said the commemoration underlined the "special relationship" between the two countries.'
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And soon we will have the Marine Marathon in Washington, DC.
G-d protect you all.
Very nice of them to do this.
I’d like to see the Marines running with M-60’s, just daring some a**hole to try something.
Who needs God.
We have the SAS and James Bond, lol.
M-60. The "22 pound Italian Club."
I got to hump one around for four days back in the 80's. The stinking things are HEAVY. A couple belts of ammo add to the misery.
Well, the SAS now, anyway. Sean Connery’s got bats in his belfry these days, I hear.
So I’ve heard! I’d have to use it as a Howitzer!