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Antwerp marathon runners remember Boston victims
Last week’s fatal bomb attack at the Boston marathon was in the minds of runners in Antwerp yesterday, reports Flanders News. Participants in the marathon spoke of “runner solidarity” and wanting to show that nothing can stop runners, following the blasts that killed three people and left more than 100 injured. A minute’s silence was observed before the Antwerp race, which saw 4,000 runners set off at 9.30. A total of 400 police officers were on hand to guarantee runners’ safety, though the local police chief warned against paranoia and said it was impossible to check everybody’s sports bags. The American Embassy in Brussels, meanwhile, said it would like to “thank the Belgian people for the many expressions of support and condolence received after the attack perpetrated at the Boston marathon”.