And they're off! Runners have begun their 26 mile race from Hopkinton to Boston. But runners on two legs aren't the only participants. This is the 40th anniversary of the wheelchair races.
n 1975, Boston became the first major road race in the world to recognize wheelchair participation. There was no prize money for first place. Monday's winner will receive $20,000 dollars. South African Ernst Van Dyk has won the race 10 times.
Two years after losing her left leg in the Boston Marathon bombings, Newport resident Heather Abbott is starting a foundation. The charity will provide funds for other amputees.
Before Heather Abbott lost her leg, she says she never realized the variety of prosthetics needed for things like swimming, biking, even wearing high heels. Or that those prosthetics can cost tens of thousands of dollars each.
Abbot said that’s important because most insurers won’t cover leg prosthetics for activities other than walking.
With less than a week to go before we welcome 2015, it’s time to reflect upon the stories that informed, entertained and intrigued us most during 2014. These are the sports stories that grabbed my attention.
36,000 runners hit the pavement this morning for the Boston Marathon. The 118th running of the race has special significance. It's the one-year anniversary of a horrific bombing that killed three people, and injured more than 200 others at the finish line of last year’s Boston Marathon. Race organizers have beefed up security, but city leaders say they hope the marathon will still feel like a fun, family event. They say that’s part of their effort to reclaim the marathon after the bombing.