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Newtown families safe after Boston Marathon blast

Posted By GABRIELLE LEVY, UPI.com   |   April 16, 2013 at 11:42 AM   |   Comments

April 16 (UPI) -- For the families of Newtown, Conn., tragedy nearly struck again.

A group of runners from Newtown had dedicated their Boston Marathon run to the victims of the December 14 shootings at Sandy Hook Elementary, including the mother of one of the survivors.

All six Newtown runners had completed the marathon before the bombs went off around 3 p.m. Monday.

Newtown Strong, a scholarship fund for siblings of the 20 young victims of the Sandy Hook shooting posted on their Facebook page:

"Members of the Newtown Strong team which ran in today's marathon are safe. All runners completed the race before the explosions happened. Mile 26 was dedicated to Sandy Hook to signify 26 miles in the marathon and the 26 lives we lost on December 14th, 2012."
The 26th mile -- closest to the finish line -- marker of the Boston Marathon honored the victims of the Newtown massacre. (Twitter/@paynestagram)

The team said it was running each segment of the first 20 miles for the 20 children shot, and the six miles at the end for six the teachers and staff killed. The final .2 miles was officially dedicated by the marathon to the Newtown victims.

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The runners dedicated each mile to one of the victims of the Newtown shooting. (Newtown Strong Facebook)Mourners react after the funeral 6-year-old James Mattioli at Saint Rose of Lima Church in Newtown, Connecticut following a shooting four days before that left 26 people dead including 20 children on December 18, 2012. A gunman opened fire inside Sandy Hook Elementary School early Friday morning. The gunman 20-year-old Adam Lanza killed himself following the shooting rampage inside the school. UPI/John Angelillo
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