Like thousands of other runners, J. Alain Ferry was still on the Marathon course when the bombs went off. Friends flagged him down from the roadside, and his race was over.
On Saturday, Ferry and fellow runners who were denied the triumph of crossing the finish line will have their chance with #onerun, which covers the final mile. Organizers expect thousands to attend, including spectators and volunteers from that day, in a show of unity and resolve.
“We’re seeing this through,” Ferry said.
A day after runners reclaim the finish line, the city will host the first major road race since the attacks, Boston’s Run to Remember. The half marathon, held each year to honor officers killed in the line of duty, will pay tribute to slain MIT police Officer Sean Collier. Race time is set for 7 a.m.
Chrissy Natoli had not planned on running the race. But when her friend Collier mentioned he was going to give it a try, they decided to run together. Come Sunday morning, his memory will be with her, a sustaining presence through the miles.
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