Officials offer free race entries to those runners who did not finish Boston because of the bombings.
Runners who did not finish the Boston Marathon because of the bombings at the finish line have been invited to run next week’s Oklahoma City Memorial Marathon.
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Race organizers in Oklahoma City extended the invite and said the entry fees will be waved for any of the 5,742 runners that did not finish Boston for the April 28 race. Runners will have to cover their own travel expenses, however.
The Oklahoma City Marathon winds through the city and surrounding towns. It was started in 2001 and serves as the largest fundraising event for the Oklahoma City National Memorial, built in memory of the 168 people that perished in the 1995 bombing of the Alfred P. Murrah Federal Building. The memorial was opened to the public in 2001.
This year’s marathon is expected to draw about 24,000 runners.
Organizers said Boston competitors can either start the race where they finished Boston or at the beginning.
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