London Marathon Honors Boston Victims: Jeptoo, Kebede Win
The winners of the London Marathon Sunday morning included Ethiopian Tsegaye Kebede (2:06.04, men's), Priscah Jeptoo (2:20.15, women's), spectators with no reported incidents, and victims of the Boston bombing who stood to net roughly $100,000 because organizers vowed to donate 2 pounds for every one of the 36,000 runners who finished the race.
Runners were encouraged to wear black ribbons in honor of the Boston Marathon victims.
This was at least the third marathon since Monday's bombings. Salt Lake City held a marathon on Saturday.
And Jeff Powers, who, as an Abingdon native spent most of his life walking the mountaineous terrain that makes up the brutal Blue Ridge Marathon that finishes in Roanoke, Virginia, won a Marathon of 3,000 runners without incident on Saturday as well.
Jeptoo actually finished the London Marathon first since the elite women leave earlier than the elite men, as two of several staggered starts at different points along the route to break up the 36,000 runners. Tiki Gelena was in position to build on her gold medal from the Olympics collided with Canadian wheelchair racer Josh Cassidy.
Tsegaye Kebede, from Ethiopia, passed Emmanuel Mutai toward the end of the race.
For the Reuters story on the race, click here.