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Bellingham’s Kapp top local finisher at Boston Marathon


Boston Marathon bombing survivor Patrick Downes, second from left, crosses the finish line companions during the the 120th Boston Marathon on Monday, April 18, 2016, in Boston.

For her marathon debut as a professional runner, Neely Spence Gracey set her sights on breaking the finish line within 2 hours, 35 minutes Monday at the Boston Marathon.

Running to raise money for Limbs for Life, Haslet-Davis started the race just before 9 a.m. and finished on Boyleston Street at about 7:15 p.m. There were problems along the way with her prosthesis and, at Mile 15, she reported on Instagram that she needed “a tuneup”.

That’s when the Boston Police Officer stepped in. “This is what we wait all year for”. The couple were newlyweds back in 2013 when they were injured in the bombing. “I will too, but it’s important to me to prove that I can for myself, but also inspire others”, said Haslet to CBS news in a statement. But Haslet said she’s taking it all in stride.

“A lot of people think about the finish line”, Ms Haslet told the Associated Press ahead of the race.

Alex Giffords, 55, of Mexico City, has run 40 marathons around the world, but as he stretched on Hopkinton Common before starting his third Boston race he said this race was different.

Evans was at the finish line on Monday morning checking things out.

After the attack, Adrianne Haslet had to learn to walk again with a prosthetic leg and facing doctors saying she wasn’t going to dance again.

The Boston Athletic Association, which organizes the marathon, estimates it will pump $189 million into the Boston-area economy. “I’ll never know how to say thank you to them”.

Also, people in social media sites showed their admiration and respect for Haslet for being a role model especially for those who had been a victim of terrorist attacks and for those people with disabilities.

She was out of the picture as the women’s leaders ran through Heartbreak Hill, but soon after the TV cameras picked up a bobbing yellow figure running along the side of the road.

“It wasn’t initially planned but I’m 18 weeks today”, Kim Tanner of Cleveland, Ohio, said.

“The atmosphere is incredible, the people are really excited and the weather is terrific”, said Jim Lundblade, a Portland, Oregon, resident who claimed a prime spot at the race’s final turn at Hereford and Boylston streets to catch his son, Eric, run his first Boston Marathon.

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