At least two persons died and more than a hundred were injured Monday afternoon when two bomb blasts occurred near the finish line of the Boston Marathon.
Here is the press release by the Association of International Marthons and Distance Races (AIMS):
Date Monday 15th April 2013
STATEMENT REGARDING EXPLOSIONS AT THE BOSTON MARATHON
Paco Borao the President of AIMS, The Association of International Marathons and Distance Races comments on the explosions today at the Boston Marathon:
‘All in the running world are deeply shocked and saddened by what has happened today at the Boston Marathon.
Our thoughts are with the victims and all those affected by these tragic events especially everyone in Boston and the United States and also the thousands of families from around the world who have family members taking part in or travelling to watch the race. We are awaiting further information as to the extent of the casualties and the reasons behind the unfolding events.
It is appalling that anyone would target innocent people travelling from across the world of all faiths and races simply to come together to enjoy a sporting event.
Sport has always been a champion of peace and friendship regardless of any ethnic, political or religious affiliation.
We very much hope that the authorities will find and hold responsible the perpetrators of this shocking incident.
Everyone in the global running community’s thoughts are with the victims of this appalling tragedy.’
Notes: The Boston Marathon, the world’s oldest marathon, is a member of the Association of International Marathons & Distance Races which includes 350 members from over 95 countries.
For further information please contact:
Peter McLean AIMS PR Director