Thousands run final mile of Boston Marathon in memory of those who lost their lives in April attack

Runners carry American and Chinese flags as they approach the finishing line.
Runners carry American and Chinese flags as they approach the finishing line. Photo: REUTERS/Dominick Reuter

Thousands of runners joined victims' families of the Boston Marathon bombings to run and walk the last mile of the race in memory of those who lost their lives in April's attack.

Pam Vingsness is greeted by her daughter Rachael at the finish line.
Pam Vingsness is greeted by her daughter Rachael at the finish line. Credit: REUTERS/Dominick Reuter

People rejoiced as they crossed the finish line in the OneRun event which began at Kenmore Square and ended with participants hugging and cheering.

A runner on the brink of passing the finishing line.
A runner on the brink of passing the finishing line. Credit: REUTERS/Dominick Reuter

For the runner that didn't get the chance to finish the marathon, this is the chance for them to experience the final mile that was taken away from them.

– Kathleen McGonagle, event spokeswoman
Runners cross the finish line after completing the final mile in the OneRun event.
Runners cross the finish line after completing the final mile in the OneRun event. Credit: REUTERS/Dominick Reuter

Explosions near the finish line killed three people and wounded more than 260 on April 15 2013.

Katie Eastman (L) and Kiaren Shaughnessy visit the memorial on Copley Square.
Katie Eastman (L) and Kiaren Shaughnessy visit the memorial on Copley Square. Credit: REUTERS/Dominick Reuter