BOSTON (CBS) — A half-marathon will kick off early Sunday morning with a special ceremony to honor the victims of the Boston Marathon bombings.
The route of the Allstate Life InsuranceSM Boston 13.1 Marathon will begin and end at Suffolk Downs, taking runners along the McClellan Highway and through East Boston and Revere, according to a prepared statement from Allstate.
The first major race since the bombings that claimed three lives and injured hundreds of people, and five months to the day later, the Allstate Life 13.1 Marathon will begin with a $20,000 donation to The One Fund. The donation will be presented to Boston Marathon bombing survivor Heather Abbott, whose foot was amputated due to her injuries, and marathon legends Bill Rodgers and Frank Shorter.
In addition to Allstate’s $20,000 donation, US Road Sports has pledged a $10 donation to The One Fund for every runner whose chip time beats Rodgers and Shorter, Allstate reported.
The ceremony is set to begin at 7:15 a.m.
“We could not begin another race in Boston without first taking the time to honor the lives lost and forever changed by the bombings. With each foot that hits the pavement today, we show our respect for those affected,” Allstate spokeswoman Julia Reusch said.
Allstate agency owners from across the Boston area will join Abbott, Rodgers and Shorter on the stage before the race on behalf of their local communities. Following a moment of silence for the bombing victims, Abbott will fire the starting gun.
Rodgers won the Boston Marathon in 1975, 1978, 1979 and 1980. Twice, he broke the American record at Boston in 1975 and 1979. Frank Shorter won the gold medal in the marathon at the 1972 Summer Olympics in Munich. He is the only American to ever win an Olympic marathon.
Source: CBS local Boston