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Coast-to-coast relay to help Boston Marathon bombing victims completed

July 1, 2013 at 2:37 AM   |   Comments

BOSTON, July 1 (UPI) -- A coast-to-coast relay to aid the Boston Marathon bombing victims was completed early Monday with one victim carrying the baton across the finish line.

John Odom, in a wheelchair because his leg was severely injured in the April 15 race day attack, took the baton from another runner, his daughter Nicole Reis, as they crossed the finish line together in Copley Square about 12:45 a.m. EDT, along with hundreds of other runners, The Boston Globe reported.

Odom was wounded as he stood near the finish line waiting for his daughter to complete the marathon when one of two bombs exploded

"This is what we came from California for, to be able to see this moment," Odom said. "She's so excited and I'm so glad to be here."

The newspaper said nearly 2,000 runners took part in the 3,300-mile, 14-state, 24-day relay race.

The One Run for Boston relay raised more than $78,000 by 1,962 people, the organization's website said Sunday night.

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