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'We endure. We overcome. And we own the finish line': Survivors, first responders and family members of those killed came together Tuesday to mark the anniversary of the Boston Marathon bombing with solemn ceremonies.

“This day will always be hard, but this place will always be strong,” former Mayor Thomas Menino told an invitation-only audience of about 2,500 people gathered at the Hynes Convention Center, not far from the marathon finish line where three people died and more than 260 others were injured a year ago. (Photos: Charles Krupa/The Associated Press, Andrew Burton/Getty Images)

Sunday’s London Marathon had a reported 36,000 runners, from fun-runners to the world’s elite. World record-holder Wilson Kipsang of Kenya won the men’s London Marathon in a course record two hours, four minutes and 29 seconds. (Photos: Tom Dulat/Getty Images, Leon Neal/AFP/Getty Images)

In this April 14, 2013 photo, marathon runners pass by a long row of North Korean soldiers as they cross a bridge in Pyongyang as North Korea hosts the 26th Mangyongdae Prize Marathon to mark the birthday of the late leader Kim Il-sung on April 15. (Photo: David Guttenfelder/The Associated Press)For the first time ever, North Korea is opening up the streets of its capital to runner-tourists for the annual Pyongyang marathon, undoubtedly one of the most exotic feathers in any runner’s cap.Tourism companies say they are getting inundated by requests to sign up for the April 13 event, which this year will include amateur runners from around the world. The race includes a full marathon — with a handful of world-class, invitation-only athletes — a half marathon and a 10-kilometre run.The opening of the race to recreational runners is in keeping with the North’s ongoing, but sometimes sporadic, effort to earn cash revenue by boosting tourism, usually with well-orchestrated group tours to major arts performances or attractions the North wants to show off.

In this April 14, 2013 photo, marathon runners pass by a long row of North Korean soldiers as they cross a bridge in Pyongyang as North Korea hosts the 26th Mangyongdae Prize Marathon to mark the birthday of the late leader Kim Il-sung on April 15. (Photo: David Guttenfelder/The Associated Press)

For the first time ever, North Korea is opening up the streets of its capital to runner-tourists for the annual Pyongyang marathon, undoubtedly one of the most exotic feathers in any runner’s cap.

Tourism companies say they are getting inundated by requests to sign up for the April 13 event, which this year will include amateur runners from around the world. The race includes a full marathon — with a handful of world-class, invitation-only athletes — a half marathon and a 10-kilometre run.

The opening of the race to recreational runners is in keeping with the North’s ongoing, but sometimes sporadic, effort to earn cash revenue by boosting tourism, usually with well-orchestrated group tours to major arts performances or attractions the North wants to show off.

Almost up and running: Eric House lifts off a BAA logo stencil while applying a fresh coat of paint to the  Boston Marathon finish line on Boylston Street in Boston, Tuesday, March 25, 2014. The 118th running of the Boston Marathon is scheduled for April 21, 2014. (Photo: Stephan Savoia/The Associated Press)

Almost up and running: Eric House lifts off a BAA logo stencil while applying a fresh coat of paint to the  Boston Marathon finish line on Boylston Street in Boston, Tuesday, March 25, 2014. The 118th running of the Boston Marathon is scheduled for April 21, 2014. (Photo: Stephan Savoia/The Associated Press)

The New York City Marathon returned after a one-year absence with big crowds, heightened security and a familiar champion.

Geoffrey Mutai successfully defended his title Sunday, while fellow Kenyan Priscah Jeptoo came from behind to win the women’s race. Bronx resident Buzunesh Deba finished runner-up for the second straight time in her hometown event.

Fans again packed the 26.2-mile course, undaunted by the events of the past year. The 2012 NYC Marathon was cancelled because of the devastation of Superstorm Sandy, but not before many New Yorkers were enraged by initial plans to hold the race.

After the bombings at April’s Boston Marathon, bomb-sniffing dogs roamed the course, and barricades limited access points to Central Park. A record 50,740 runners started the race through the five boroughs. (Photos: Kathy Kmonicek/The Associated Press, Seth Wenig/The Associated Press)

Lanni Marchant was taking her first steps when Oshawa, Ont., native Sylvia Ruegger set Canada’s record time in the women’s marathon in 1985.On Sunday, the 28-year-old took that mark and beat it.Marchant set the new Canadian record at the Toronto Waterfront Marathon with a time of two hours 28 minutes, besting Ruegger’s mark of 2:28:36. Krista DuChene of Brantford, Ont., crossed the finish line 32 seconds after her Canadian teammate, clocking in at 2:28:32 to also beat Ruegger’s time.“The day was perfect. Both Krista and I ran perfect. I am ecstatic right now,” Marchant said after the race. “I think Sylvia Ruegger was ready for Canadian women to take that jump and set a new record.” (Photo: Frank Gunn/The Canadian Press)

Lanni Marchant was taking her first steps when Oshawa, Ont., native Sylvia Ruegger set Canada’s record time in the women’s marathon in 1985.

On Sunday, the 28-year-old took that mark and beat it.

Marchant set the new Canadian record at the Toronto Waterfront Marathon with a time of two hours 28 minutes, besting Ruegger’s mark of 2:28:36. Krista DuChene of Brantford, Ont., crossed the finish line 32 seconds after her Canadian teammate, clocking in at 2:28:32 to also beat Ruegger’s time.

“The day was perfect. Both Krista and I ran perfect. I am ecstatic right now,” Marchant said after the race. “I think Sylvia Ruegger was ready for Canadian women to take that jump and set a new record.” (Photo: Frank Gunn/The Canadian Press)

A U.N aid agency canceled the Gaza marathon on Tuesday after the Palestinian territory’s militant Hamas rulers banned women from participating in the annual sporting event.UNWRA, which assists Palestinian refugees and also sponsors and organizes the event, announced that plans for the race next month have been scrapped because of the Hamas demand that women be barred."We regret this decision to cancel the marathon but we don’t want men and women running together," Abdessalam Siyyam, a Hamas government official, told Agence France-Presse."We did not tell Unrwa to cancel the marathon and we haven’t prevented it, but we laid down some conditions: We don’t want women and men mixing in the same place." (Photo: Mohammed Abed/AFP/Getty Images)

A U.N aid agency canceled the Gaza marathon on Tuesday after the Palestinian territory’s militant Hamas rulers banned women from participating in the annual sporting event.

UNWRA, which assists Palestinian refugees and also sponsors and organizes the event, announced that plans for the race next month have been scrapped because of the Hamas demand that women be barred.

"We regret this decision to cancel the marathon but we don’t want men and women running together," Abdessalam Siyyam, a Hamas government official, told Agence France-Presse.

"We did not tell Unrwa to cancel the marathon and we haven’t prevented it, but we laid down some conditions: We don’t want women and men mixing in the same place." (Photo: Mohammed Abed/AFP/Getty Images)

Read this e-book and soon you’ll be pushing tires around the gym.
npostlife:

The National Post’s resident strong man (and official Marathon Man, with new columns on running and fitness every Monday) has written his first ebook, a compilation of knowledge and wisdom gleaned from years in the sport, designed to help you get a headstart on your goals this winter. It’s available on all the popular platforms, from Kindle to Kobo to iTunes, so check it out before you slap on those tights for another brisk run!!
[Photo by Peter J. Thompson/National Post]

Read this e-book and soon you’ll be pushing tires around the gym.

npostlife:

The National Post’s resident strong man (and official Marathon Man, with new columns on running and fitness every Monday) has written his first ebook, a compilation of knowledge and wisdom gleaned from years in the sport, designed to help you get a headstart on your goals this winter. It’s available on all the popular platforms, from Kindle to Kobo to iTunes, so check it out before you slap on those tights for another brisk run!!

[Photo by Peter J. Thompson/National Post]

Did officials wait too long to cancel the New York City marathon?: Many of the runners who had descended on the city from all over the globe worked out their frustrations with a jog Saturday through Central Park, site of a finish line that will never be crossed. Some scrambled to rebook return flights. Others made sightseeing plans for the unexpected free time.

Whether from Europe, South America or elsewhere, their sentiment was the same. Sympathy for the victims of Superstorm Sandy. Understanding of why city officials cancelled Sunday’s race. But bitterness that the decision was made Friday instead of earlier in the week, before they boarded planes. (Photos: Seth Wenig/The Associated Press, Allison Joyce/Getty Images)

Inspiring or inappropriate? New Yorkers and runners from around the world debated whether a marathon should be run with disaster for a backdrop.

The New York City Marathon is on Sunday, with many logistical questions to be answered.

“To us the marathon really epitomizes the spirit of New York City, the vitality, the tenacity, the determination of New Yorkers,” New York Road Runners President Mary Wittenberg said on Wednesday, shortly before Mayor Michael Bloomberg confirmed the race was on. “Now our every effort is to once again tell the world that New York City, as the mayor would say, is open for business, and we welcome the support of the world at this trying time.”