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Some Boston Marathon runners will finish their race at Indy 500

Posted by Matt Pepin, BostonGlobe.com Staff  May 25, 2013 02:01 PM

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About 35 runners who were unable to finish the Boston Marathon when the race was stopped on April 15 will get to have a ceremonial finish just prior to the start of Sunday's Indianapolis 500 at Indianapolis Motor Speedway.

The runners, who are from Indiana, Ohio, Illinois, Kentucky, and Michigan, will run about a half-mile from the track's Turn 4 to the its famous finish line at about 11:55 a.m., roughly 10 minutes before the call for drivers to start their engines.

“The tragedy last month in Boston still resonates with everyone, so we wanted to give runners the chance to finish the race in front of thousands of fans who will appreciate their persistence and determination,” said Doug Boles, Indianapolis Motor Speedway chief operating officer, in a story on the Indy 500's website.

The Indy 500 begins just after noon.

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Look for updates, news, analysis and commentary from the following.
  • Steve Silva, Boston.com senior producer, two-time Boston Marathon sub-four hour runner.
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