Downes, who lost his left leg in the attack, became the first bombing amputee to complete the entire marathon on foot, reaching the finish line at 2:46 p.m., minutes before the time of the 2013 explosions. His wife, who lost both her legs, was waiting for him at the finish line.
Davis, who also lost a leg in the bombing, spent 10 hours on the course before finishing the race Monday evening. She struggled early on with her prosthetic leg and spent over an hour in the medical tent before getting back on the course, refusing to give up.
Photo Credit: Associated Press/Charles Krupa
Many supporters stuck around long into the evening hours to cheer her on. For more on her inspiring story, click here.
Jose Luis Sanchez, a retired U.S. Marine who was critically wounded in Afghanistan, also ran the race to honor the victims of the 2013 bombing. Sanchez, who was profiled in ACTIVE.com’s Coolest Things series, crossed the finish line with a time of 5:52:35.
On a personal note, Sue Parke, our own ACTIVEkids contributor, finished the marathon with a time of 4:53:59. She recently spoke to us about the challenges of balancing motherhood and marathon training, which you can read about here.
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