Fla. Runners To Finish Final 5 Miles Of Marathon

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (AP) — More than 900 people from Florida and Georgia are planning to run the final 5.2 miles of the Boston Marathon at a Tallahassee race in a symbolic gesture of support for the runners who were stopped at mile 21 during the deadly bombings.

More than a dozen Tallahassee residents ran the Boston Marathon earlier this week. Several of them will participate in Sunday’s event. Tallahassee has a strong running and triathlete community and is home to an annual marathon that many runners from around the nation attend to qualify for the Boston Marathon.

Shannon Colavecchio planned Sunday’s run in a few days and thought it might draw 50 runners. But she said she has received overwhelming support from the community.

All proceeds will go to the Boston Red Cross.

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