The London Marathon is being held today, less than a week after the tragic bombings that took place during the Boston Marathon near the finish line. There was never a doubt that the strong-spirited runners would show up to run the race, and nearly 35,000 runners showed up to participate.
Before the race kicked off, the London Marathon held a thirty second moment of silence to honor Boston before the race.
“This week the world marathon family was shocked and saddened by the events at the Boston Marathon,” announcer Geoff Wightman said over the loud speaker before the race, via the Huffington Post .”Remember our friends and colleagues for whom a day of joy turned into a day of sadness.
Many runners are also wearing black ribbons as a Boston tribute.
Organizers of the London Marathon are also set to donate 2 British pounds to the One Fund Boston, which was set up to help those affected by the tragedy, for every runner that crosses the finish line. That should total nearly $100,000.
It is great to see people all around the world coming together. Marathon runners are some of the toughest athletes in the world, and they are capturing our hearts as they continue to come together and show their support for those in need.