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5,633 Boston Marathon "non-finishers" runners invited to 2014 event

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Runner's shoes form a makeshift memorial in Boston at the finish line of the marathon. AP Photo Runner's shoes form a makeshift memorial in Boston at the finish line of the marathon. AP Photo

BOSTON (WRCB) -- The Boston Athletic Association announced Thursday that the 5,633 runners who were unable to complete the 2013 Boston Marathon after the double-bombing that left three spectators dead, will be invited to participate in the 2014 race.
 
Ryan Polly, a 2013 marathoner who launched the popular Change.org campaign to secure spots for the runners who did not finish the race said "I'm so happy to hear that the Boston Athletic Association will allow thousands of runners, like myself, who did not finish the marathon in 2013 the chance to finish what we started in 2014. We are so appreciative of this opportunity and thank the BAA for hearing our request on Change.org and elsewhere."

Many other runners, who trained for months to prepare for the race, were stopped at various places along the course once the news of the bombing was spread among race officials. Those runners weren't allowed to complete the race for which they trained and traveled to participate.

He created his petition on Change.org in the hopes that the runners who did not get to finish this year's marathon could bypass the costly and time-intensive registration process and automatically register for the 2014 race "so that they can finish what they started."

 
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