Boston Marathon competitors will set off 21 Apr 2014 on the 26.2 mile run with the memory of the terror attacks at the 2013 race still fresh.
A memorial of a kind to the victims, the first race since two men identified as Tamerlan and Dzhokhar Tsarnaev exploded a homemade pressure-cooker bomb at the finish line sees demand so high that the field has been expanded by 9000 and the qualifying time is tighter to keep the race manageable. The Boston Athletic Association issued a special invitation to the 5625 competitors who were unable to reach the finish line of the country's most prestigious marathon because of the bomb. The fastest runners in qualifying races are allowed to register first. Tamerlan Tsarnaev was killed in the manhunt launched after the explosion. Dzhokhar Tsarnaev awaits trial. The bombs killed three people and injured some 260.
Date written/update: 2013-11-20