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The marathon is a defining event in communities around the globe. For participants, that sense of community is even greater and extends to an international group of runners who often times compete in the same events year after year.

Even many of those who do not race in the 42.195 km events regularly participate in supporting activities, including organizing races, handing out water during the events and cheering along the race routes.

An International Sense of Community

Sadly, this year, the sense of community was shattered by two bombs tearing through the crowd and participants of the 2013 Boston Marathon. Hundreds were injured and maimed and several killed by the heinous act of two brothers, one of whom faces prosecution. When those bombs went off, the Boston Marathon became more than a mere running event.

As subsequent tributes during other marathon events showed, the bombings strengthened the sense of community that extends around the globe among marathon runners.

20 Of The Most Powerful Marathon Photos Of 2013

The carnage from the domestic terrorist attack during the Boston Marathon easily proved to be the most compelling of all marathon events during 2013. 
Photo Credit: AP Photo/The Boston Globe, John Tlumacki

Two young brothers converted pressure cookers into time bombs that killed three and injured or maimed 281 competitors and bystanders during the event. One of the bombers was killed during a subsequent shootout with

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