More than 8,000 runners gathered for the Eugene Marathon Sunday.
After the bombings in Boston, race officials increased security at this year’s event. Runners were quickly ushered through the finish line, and several areas were blocked off from spectators.
To honor the Boston victims, runners placed their hands over their hearts as they crossed the finish line.
Runner Jesse Rowell Junior is a Boston native who now lives in Portland. This was his first half marathon.
He said, “Just being able to share this with my family and people back in Boston means a lot to me, they mean a lot to me and to be running and accomplishing this— they were with me.”
The Eugene run was the first organized marathon in Oregon since the Boston bombings.