Boston Marathon final mile
BOSTON (WHDH)--Thousands of runners headed back to the finish line of the Boston Marathon to finish what they started. When the two bombs went off during the marathon in April there were still many runners on the course. Runners met to run or walk that “final mile” on Saturday.
They packed downtown Boston, runners reclaiming their marathon.
“40 days ago you ran as individuals, but today all of us, we run as one,” said an organizer.
And on Saturday they held nothing back. The symbolic “final mile” was crossed by thousands, including Allison Byrne.
“It was special and to hear people screaming your name and to see the crowds,
it was fun,” Byrne said.
Allison was injured in the blast, a runner stopped short 40 days ago.
“I was very happy, and I had to walk it this time, but I was able to finish, so that’s good,” said Byrne.
“It’s just unbelievable, all the love,” said a runner.
The run was for the victims, families and supporters.
“I can’t believe what’s going on here, whoa. Way bigger than
I expected,” one runner said.
The last mile now marks a new beginning for the city.
“I hope to be running again someday,” Byrne said.
Early estimates are that several thousand people took part in this final mile run. It wasn’t just for people who started the marathon 40 days ago, but included their friends and family as well. One of the most remarkable and symbolic sights Boston has seen in recent history.