5th anniversary of the Boston marathon bombings

Sergio Conner
April 16, 2018

A wreath is displayed on the memorial web site in Boston the place one of many bombs exploded in 2013 on the Boston Marathon.

Reigning Chicago Marathon champion Galen Rupp and a host of top USA women's contenders could produce the first American title sweep in 35 years at Monday's (today's) 122nd Boston Marathon.

BOSTON (AP) - Boston marked the fifth anniversary of the deadly Boston Marathon bombings Sunday with solemn remembrances and charitable acts.

Henry Richard urged those listening to follow Martin's message to "choose kindness and do more". Simmonds suffered a head injury during a shootout with the marathon bombers. Due to stagnant wages and rising rents, family homelessness in Boston has increased 34% in the past four years alone.

Security at the marathon was heightened after the bombings.

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The field includes two other estimable Ethiopian past winners - Lemi Berhanu, who took the title two years ago, and Lelisa Desisa, who won in 2013 and 2015, making a widely acclaimed gesture after the first victory when he returned his medal to the city to honour those killed and injured in the bombings that disfigured the later stages of that race.

Both addressed address families and survivors at a private ceremony inside the Boston Public Library.

At 2:49 p.m., a citywide second of silence can be noticed, and the bells of Outdated South Church can be rung to mark the second 5 years in the past when the primary bomb exploded.

The 122nd edition of the world's oldest annual marathon, this year's race will begin on Monday morning, and it's set to feature 17 top USA runners in an global field that includes nearly two dozen Olympians.

Democratic Mayor Marty Walsh and Republican Gov. Charlie Baker are scheduled to lay wreaths early Sunday at the spots along downtown Boylston Street where two bombs killed three spectators and maimed more than 260 others on April 15, 2013.

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