The race was in London, but the thoughts of many were with another city.
Thousands of runners who took part in the London Marathon on Sunday paid tribute to those killed and injured in the Boston Marathon six days earlier. Participants paused for a moment of silence in the beginning, many wore black ribbons on their chests as a sign of solidarity, and two runners finished carrying a banner that read “For Boston.”
The mood was festive, defiant — and the surging crowds who turned out on the glorious spring day to line the route roared enthusiastically.
“It means that runners are stronger than bombers,” said Valerie Bloomfield, a 40-year-old participant from France. (Photos: Leon Neal/AFP/Getty Images, Peter Macdiarmid/Getty Images, Chris Jackson/Getty Images)
Runners support each other. This is beautiful.
still running, guys. haven’t lost a pound because i’m stupid about what i eat, but i started getting that in order today. i felt great about my run today except for the fact that my cycle started and i puked in public, but whatever. tomorrow will be better. i get stronger and faster every day, and i know that once my food is finally right, that it’ll be even better.
i seriously love running. sometimes it take a little bit to get me out of bed, and i’ll whine about the cold, or the rain, or the wind, or i won’t be as consistent as i set out to be, but ultimately, i love it.
also, the running community here in boston is so flipping nice! yay to being new at things!