Tuesday, April 16th, 2013
Among the myriad worried questions that raced through the nation’s mind in the immediate aftermath of the twin explosions that rocked the Boston Marathon Monday was–are the Newtown families ok? Some family members of the 26 children who died in the December mass school shooting were seated in a VIP section at the marathon’s finish line, and six family members ran the race as a team. Fortunately, according to news reports, all were safe and accounted for, as Yahoo News reports:
Victims of the Newtown, Conn., massacre were also honored along the course with a special marker at the 26th mile.
That marker was not far from where a pair of bombs exploded, killing three people and wounding 144 others. But while some of the families of the Newtown victims were reportedly seated in a VIP area near the finish line, none were reported injured.
Six runners ran the race as part of Team NewtownSTRONG, a scholarship fund benefiting the siblings of the victims from Sandy Hook Elementary School—with each mile dedicated to a different victim.
“In the first 20 miles, we’re honoring the 20 Sandy Hook first-graders [who were killed],” Laura Nowacki, a spokesperson for Newtown Strong, told WBUR radio before the race. “When we crest Heartbreak Hill and we’re coming back towards Boston, we run the final six for our six fallen educators.”
According to a post on the group’s Facebook page, all six finished the race before the bombings and were not among the victims.
“I just got a text message from one of our runners letting me know that they are all safe,” the post read.
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