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Man Proposes to His Girlfriend at the Boston Marathon Finish Line

"After last year I realized the people you love and your life can be taken so quickly"

Shortly after completing the Boston Marathon today, runner Greg Picklesimer decided to make the day even more memorable by proposing to his girlfriend at the finish line.

He also completed the marathon last year, just a few hours before the terrorist attack that killed three people and injured dozens more.

“After last year I realized the people you love and your life can be taken so quickly,” Picklesimer told CBS Boston. “I didn’t want to lose that so I decided to come back and seal the deal.”

She said yes, luckily, because wouldn’t that be so awkward if she didn’t?

 

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Boston Marathon Winds Down Without a Hitch a Year After Bombings

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Rita Jeptoo of Kenya crosses the finish line to win the 118th Boston Marathon on April 21, 2014 in Boston, Ma. Jim Rogash—Getty Images

Marathon went smoothly Monday night without incident, amid increased security measures following last year's bombing near the finish line that killed three people and wounded 264 others

Updated 3:00 a.m. ET

The Boston Marathon began winding down Monday night without incident amid heightened security measures after bombings near the finish line of last year’s marathon killed three people and wounded 264 others.

Almost 36,000 people ran in the marathon, the Associated Press reports, in what officials called a powerful display of resilience after last year’s tragedy. In one particularly uplifting scene, an unidentified participant in the day’s race appeared to collapse near the 26th mile marker only to be carried across the finish line by fellow runners.

Marathon officials went to great lengths to prevent another incident, forbidding backpacks and rucksacks, containers with more than one liter of liquid, and costumes that cover the face, CNN reports. Large signs are also banned, and unregistered runners and cyclists were no longer allowed to join the race. Surveillance cameras dotted the course and police officers were perched on rooftops.

Meb Keflezighi won the men’s race in 2:08:37, becoming the first American to win this marathon since 1983, the Boston Globe reports. Defending champion Rita Jeptoo of Kenya won the women’s race in 2:18:55, beating her winning record from last year by over seven minutes. She’s the seventh the-time winner in history, the AP reports.

Authorities accused brothers Dzhokhar and Tamerlan Tsarnaev of the 2013 bombings. Tamerlan was killed days later after a shootout with police ended with Dzhokhar running over his brother with his car. Dzhokhar is awaiting trial.

On the one-year anniversary of the marathon attack last Tuesday, police arrested a performance artist who wore a veil and screamed as he carried two rice cookers in backpacks to the site of the original explosion last year. Kevin Edson, who has a history of hospitalization and mental health issues, was arrested and held on $100,000 bail before he was sent to a mental hospital.

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Boston Is Ready to Run Again: Stories of Resilience One Year Later

A year after tragedy hit their hometown streets, survivors of the Boston Marathon bombings plan to run again

This week, survivors, first responders and family members of those killed came together to mark the anniversary of the Boston Marathon bombings.

The events that unfolded starting at 2:49 p.m. on April 15, 2013, nearly three hours after the race’s winners crossed the finish line, altered lives forever.

In this gripping video feature, survivors and runners who were at the finish line remember the frantic moments of that deadly day.

A year after two bombs claimed three lives and injured more than 260 people, their stories of survival are a testament to Boston’s resilient spirit in the aftermath of the bombings. Their resolution to run again on Monday, the day the race takes place this year, comes from the determination to continue to rebuild, drawing strength from the heroics they saw that day.

 

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North Korea Marathon Opens to Foreign Amateurs

The annual marathon in Pyongyang opened to recreational foreign runners for the first time on April 13, allowing another brief look into the Hermit Kingdom that typically remains off-limits to those born outside the country

Organizers of the Mangyongdae Prize International Marathon, recognized as a bronze-label event by the International Association of Athletics Federations and held for the past 27 years, told the Associated Press they opted to allow the new recreational runners in an effort to more boldly celebrate the birthday of their nation’s founder, Kim Il Sung, on April 15. Officials said the race, which typically has featured elite foreigners, included 225 amateurs and runners from 27 countries. The course, a largely flat path of four loops around the center of the city, had to be completed within four hours so roads could be reopened. A half marathon and a 10-kilometer run were also held as thousands of North Koreans lined the streets to cheer the participants.

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Woman Bests Men In an L.A. Marathon With One Caveat

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Amane Gobena of Ethiopia reacts as she crosses the finish line to win the women's elite class of the Los Angeles Marathon on March 9, 2014 in Santa Monica, California. Harry How / Getty Images

Amane Gobena won $50,000 for beating the men.

Ethiopian runner Amane Gobena past the finish line of the Los Angeles Marathon Sunday, taking home a $50,000 prize for beating her male counterparts in the race’s “gender challenge.”

The only caveat was that Gobena didn’t have the fastest time. Women were given a 17:41 head start in the co-ed race. Gobena ran the 26.2 mile race in 2 hours 27 minutes and 37 seconds, crossing the finish line 41 seconds ahead of Gebo Burka who finished in 2 hours 10 minutes and 37 seconds.

Gobena and Burka, both Ethopian, won $25,000 each for winning the men and women’s portions of the race.

[LA Times]

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