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Breaking news: Oklahoma City Marathon offers free entry to Boston runners

The Oklahoma City Memorial Marathon is offering free registration for runners who were unable to finish this year's Boston marathon due to the bombings along the course.

The marathon is scheduled for Sunday, April 28th.

The Oklahoma City race, first run in 2001, is a fundraiser for the Oklahoma City National Memorial which honors the victims, rescue workers and survivors of the bombing that killed 168 people in that city on April 19, 1995.

After the incidents that took place in Boston on Monday, race officials in Oklahoma City quickly conferred with police and other officials about security for the upcoming event. As of now, there are no plans to cancel or change the current routes of the scheduled races.

At the Boston Marathon, 1,246 runners were stopped before they got to the 40K mark while 4,496 runners passed the 40K mark but didn't reach the finish line.

"They can start where they finished [in Boston] or they can run the full marathon," executive director Kari Watkins told the Associated Press.

For more on The Oklahoma City Memorial Marathon, please visit their website here.


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