Boston victims ask to be allowed to run 2014 marathon

Lelisa Desisa Benti of Ethiopia crosses the finish line to win the men's division of the 117th Boston Marathon on April 15, 2013 in Boston, Massachusetts.   (Jim Rogash, Getty Images)
Lelisa Desisa Benti of Ethiopia crosses the finish line to win the men's division of the 117th Boston Marathon on April 15, 2013 in Boston, Massachusetts. (Jim Rogash, Getty Images)
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Updated: 5/09/2013 3:06 pm
BOSTON (AP) — Runners who couldn't complete this year's Boston Marathon, because of the bombs that exploded at the finish line, have created an online petition asking organizers to let them into next year's race.

The petition had almost 20,000 signatures by Thursday morning.

Nearly 6,000 people were prevented from finishing the race on April 15 due to the blasts that killed three people and wounded hundreds more on Boylston Street in downtown Boston.

Boston Athletic Association officials said they cannot yet make decisions about permitting an expanded field in 2014 before discussing it with the eight cities and towns along the marathon route.
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