Thousands of runners and spectators at today’s London marathon held a moment of silence for the victims of the Boston Marathon bombings.
Before the start of the race today, 35,000 runners paused for thirty seconds they also wore black ribbons in tribute to Boston.
Race organizers are donating two British pounds per runner, or about $100,000, to a fund to help the victims of the Boston bombings.
Security was heightened for the marathon and hundreds of extra police officers were added to today’s patrol throughout London.
Police reminded spectators to be on the lookout for anything suspicious.
Organizers of the Illinois Marathon say they will be watching today’s events in London for tips on next weekend’s marathon in Champaign-Urbana.
More than 20,000 runners have signed up for the Illinois Marathon and the race director says runners will be secure.