Marathon head: 2014 race will go on
Boston Marathon organizers vowed to continue the race next year, calling the world’s oldest and most prestigious annual marathon ‘‘a deeply held tradition (and) an integral part of the fabric and history of our community.’’
‘‘We are committed to continuing that tradition with the running of the 118th Boston Marathon in 2014,’’ Boston Athletic Association head Tom Grilk said on Tuesday.
About 2½ hours after the winners of Monday’s race reached Copley Square at the end of their 26.2-mile run from Hopkinton, two explosions on at the finish line killed three and injured more than 170 others. Dozens remained in hospitals on Tuesday, while federal and local authorities investigated what President Barack Obama called a terrorist attack.
‘‘It is a sad day for the City of Boston, for the running community, and for all those who were here to enjoy the 117th running of the Boston Marathon,’’ Grilk said in a statement. ‘‘What was intended to be a day of joy and celebration quickly became a day in which running a marathon was of little importance.’’
Those still running on the course at the time of the blasts were diverted from the final stretch or stopped. On Tuesday, Boylston Street was still closed off to traffic and guarded at each intersection by police.
Grilk thanked the police and fire departments who responded to the catastrophe, along with the BAA volunteers and medical staff
‘‘Boston is strong. Boston is resilient. Boston is our home,’’ he said. ‘‘And Boston has made us enormously proud in the past 24 hours.’’
Runners walking around the city on Tuesday said that they also would not be scared away. Adriana Calabrese, of Milan, said she was stopped after 19 miles and she is eager to return in 2014 to complete the course.
‘‘Nobody can stop us our finish,’’ she said while sitting at a Newbury Street cafe with two friends who did finish the race. ‘‘We'll be very proud to be here next year.’’