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April 15, 2013
BREAKING: An explosion has been reported near the finish line of the Boston Marathon. (photo via @Boston_to_a_T; ht Evan Fleischer)
EDIT: Check Boston.com’s liveblog for more details.
SECOND EDIT: One early report has the injury count at more than 50.
THIRD EDIT: Please follow our Boston Marathon Explosion tag for more details on this story as we receive them.

BREAKING: An explosion has been reported near the finish line of the Boston Marathon. (photo via @Boston_to_a_T; ht Evan Fleischer)

EDIT: Check Boston.com’s liveblog for more details.

SECOND EDIT: One early report has the injury count at more than 50.

THIRD EDIT: Please follow our Boston Marathon Explosion tag for more details on this story as we receive them.

15:06 // 1 year ago
February 24, 2013

Need some inspiration? Take some from Fauja Singh, a 101-year-old Indian man who ran a 10K in Hong Kong over the weekend. He finished the 10-kilometer run in one hour, 32 minutes, 28 seconds. He’s hanging up his running shoes after this, but he might as well, because he’s most likely the oldest person to ever finish a race this long. No topping that. 

EDIT: Modified to note that he ran a 10K, not a marathon. Sorry about that.

15:13 // 1 year ago
November 4, 2012
We’ve been training for a year. I think they did the right thing by canceling it. But what else were we going to do? We wanted to run.
Runner Ola Lilja • Discussing why she took part in what was described as an “underground” marathon in NYC on Sunday, despite the fact that the city had cancelled the official one. Thousands showed up to race anyway, with all the makings of the race — including the finish line — set up and security guards playing a role in keeping everything in line. Not everyone took part — many runners instead chose to travel to Staten Island, which was devastated by the hurricane, to help out.
18:20 // 1 year ago
November 2, 2012
20:22 // 1 year ago

How Michael Bloomberg’s stance on the NYC Marathon evolved throughout the day

  • first "They’re running this race to help New York City and the donations from all the runners in the clubs will be a big relief to our efforts."
  • then "You have to keep going and doing things and you have to grieve. You can cry and you can laugh, all at the same time. That’s what human beings are good at."
  • now "We would not want a cloud to hang over the race or its participants, and so we have decided to cancel it. We cannot allow a controversy over an athletic event—even one as meaningful as this—to distract attention away from all the critically important work that is being done to recover from the storm and get our city back on track.”
20:05 // 1 year ago