37 Boston Marathon runners to run Pittsburgh race

PITTSBURGH (AP) — About three dozen participants in this weekend’s Pittsburgh Marathon will be runners who weren’t able to finish last month’s Boston Marathon due to the bombings.

Marathon spokeswoman Kelsey Jackson said race sponsor Dick’s Sporting Goods is paying transportation and lodging costs to help the 37 runners participate Sunday.

She says a lot of the runners are raising money for charities in Boston and wanted to follow through on their commitment.

Jackson says some within the final mile when the Boston course was closed due to the bombings.

Organizers announced earlier that race directors for May marathons in Pittsburgh, Cincinnati and Cleveland were joining an effort to raise money to help families affected by the attack.

A moment of silence is planned at the start line before the race begins Sunday.

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