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Thousands of runners in Greece commemorate Boston

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  • Children watch the Thessaloniko Marathon in Greece on Sunday. Many participants and spectators wore the message "Why?" on their shirts for the victims of the Boston Marathon attacks.

      Children watch the Thessaloniko Marathon in Greece on Sunday. Many participants and spectators wore the message "Why?" on their shirts for the victims of the Boston Marathon attacks.
    Associated Press

  • Athletes compete during in Sunday's Thessaloniki Marathon in Greece.

      Athletes compete during in Sunday's Thessaloniki Marathon in Greece.
    Associated Press

 
Associated Press

THESSALONIKI, Greece -- Thousands of athletes taking part in a marathon and three shorter road races in northern Greece are commemorating the victims of the Boston Marathon bombings in the process.

Runners are wearing black bracelets with "Thessaloniki to Boston" written on them and most are also wearing a sign on their running gear that reads "Why?" in white letters on a black background.

The Thessaloniki Marathon started Sunday morning in the ancient city of Pella. The route finishes in the center of Thessaloniki.

Teklu Geto Metaferia of Ethiopia won the marathon for the second year in a row in 2 hours, 19 minutes and 29 seconds, 51 seconds ahead of compatriot Debas Abate Tefera.

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