Boston Marathon

RI News
12:01 pm
Mon April 20, 2015

On Marathon Monday, Abbott Hopes To Put 2013 Behind Her

Heather Abbott and former governor Lincoln Chafee in Newport.
Credit RIPR FILE

Boston Marathon Bombing survivor Heather Abbot said she will attend the race Monday.  Abbot, who lives in Newport, lost her left leg following the blast at the finish line.

She said she’ll watch the races joined by loved ones, continuing her annual Marathon Monday tradition.

“I’ll be spending the day in Boston with my same group of friends that I’m always with, trying to create some better memories, and put that memory of 2013 in the past.

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News
9:38 am
Mon April 20, 2015

2015 Boston Marathon Kicks Off Under Tight Security, Grey Skies

Course map for the 2015 Boston Marathon
Credit Boston Athletic Association

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.

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RI News
12:01 pm
Sat April 18, 2015

Boston Marathon Survivor Heather Abbott Launches Charitable Foundation

Heather Abbott at her home in Newport
Credit Kristin Gourlay / RIPR

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.

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Fri December 26, 2014

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Boston Marathon
9:05 am
Mon April 21, 2014

Head Of The Boston Athletic Association Talks Marathon Security

Head of the Boston Athletic Association, Joann Flaminio
Credit Aaron Read / RIPR

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.

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