Video: Boston marathon bombing survivor crosses finish line on prosthetic leg – Telegraph

Survivors and spectators of the 2013 Boston Marathon bombing in the US have reflected on the importance of being back at the race and moving on, two years after the deadly attacks.

The weather was cold and damp but the atmosphere festive at Monday’s running of the marathon, two years after pressure-cooker bombs exploded at the finish line and shattered one of sports’ most cherished events.

One survivor had an emotional finish to the race after she was injured in the 2013 blast while watching from the sidelines.

Rebekah Gregory DiMartino, alongside her trainer who is also an amputee, ran the last few miles of the race and crossed the finish line, visibly moved by her achievement.

Donna Scott, mother of a different race participant said: “people will never really heal from what happened two years ago.”

Video: Boston marathon bombing survivor crosses finish line on prosthetic leg – Telegraph.

Why Do You Run?

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In the recent weeks, with the bombing in Boston at the Marathon there, it has, like many others, no doubt, caused me to reassess and reorganise some of my priorities. I used to run as part of my ongoing physio to heal a fractured metatarsal in my foot. There was no reason for me to run for charity, or anything like that.


Then the bombs hit Boston and in the aftermath, both stories of heroism, and stories of sadness. People who ran towards the chaos to help people. People who lost arms, legs, and, of course, people who lost lives. The most touching one is the one of the 8-year old boy, Martin Richard, killed near the finish line by the bomb.


Although I was not in time to register for the London Marathon, my target is to race at least a Half Marathon next year.


In my recovery time after my fracture, I could not run, I could not walk, but in 6 weeks, I was back to walking and within 3 months, jogging. I recall the feeling of helplessness whilst I was on crutches. Being unable to walk long distances without aid, and near-total reliance on everyone around you. People who have lost limbs because of the bombs will have to endure that for a longer period than I did. I feel for them.


I used to run for fitness. Now, I have a new reason. I run, not just for fitness. I run, not just for physio. I run for everyone who cannot run.





America has had a really, REALLY bad week this week.

First the Boston Marathon bombings, and now the explosion in West, TX.


People can call the following emergency number for information on family and loved ones: 254-202-1100.

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Moston Marathon Explosions — People Finder By Google

Looking for someone caught up in the explosions? Have information about someone caught in the explosions? Google have setup a people finder to help on both fronts:

EDIT: From Sky News UK

Boston Police said there is a helpline in the US for concerned relatives: 617 635 4500, and anybody with information about the blasts should call 1 800 494 tips.

The UK consulate in Boston said British Nationals in need of emergency consular assistance should call the Global Response Centre on 1 877 854 6872.


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