LONDON — At the London Marathon expo entrance, a large display board greeted runners. It featured photographs and logos from the six races that constitute the World Marathon Majors — Boston, Berlin, Chicago, London, New York City, Tokyo. Runners stood in front of the various backdrops and snapped cell phone pictures. Even if they had never run the Boston Marathon, they wanted a picture with the unicorn logo. London Marathon entrants wanted to show their support for Boston in any way they could. The display board was the first of many opportunities in London.
“I posed for a picture just becaused we’re thinking of Boston,” said Tracy Cashman of Stirling, Scotland. “I think running will be quite emotional. As a runner, all of us were a bit shocked when thinking of it. Why would anyone target runners and their families? I don’t understand it at all. I’ll be wearing a black ribbon during the race. And if I’m not too knackered at the end, I’ll put my hand on my heart.”