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 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.