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Days after the Boston bombings, this man is competing in London Marathon

Keith Luxon is running in his 72nd long-distance event today.

Keith Luxon is competing in his 72nd marathon today.
Keith Luxon is competing in his 72nd marathon today.
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A 30-SECOND SILENCE was impeccably observed at the beginning of the London Marathon this morning following the bombings in Boston on Monday.

Marathon participants set off at 10am this morning. Many will be hoping for personal bests and to overcome the internal debates that rage in the mind of every long-distance runner.

For Keith Luxon, however, making it to the starting line is a victory in itself.

The Briton competed in the Boston Marathon on Monday and is still trying to take in the horrendous events that unfolded close to the finishing line, which left three confirmed deaths and more than 100 spectators and volunteers injured.

“It was like a horror film,” Luxon told the BBC. “You literally couldn’t believe what was happening.”

Luxon, who will be wearing his yellow finishers’ t-shirt from the Boston Marathon, said it never crossed his mind not to take part in the London equivalent. “If you let mindless morons control your life,” he reasoned, “you’ll never do anything.”
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