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Boston Mayor Marty Walsh, center, poses with first-responders, survivors and at least 2000 other people at the finish line of the Boston Marathon in Boston, Saturday, April 12, 2014. The crowd gathered for a Sports Illustrated photo shoot to commemorate the one-year anniversary of the Boston Marathon bombing. (AP Photo/Michael Dwyer)
ADDS CARLOS ARREDONDO NAME TO PHOTO CAPTION   Boston Marathon bombing survivor Marc Fucarile, seated, talks to his son Gavin, 6,  as Carlos Arredondo (wearing cowboy hat) stands behind them, at the finish line of the Boston Marathon in Boston, Saturday, April 12, 2014. At least 2000 people, including survivors and first-responders showed up to participate in a Sports Illustrated photo shoot to commemorate the one-year anniversary of the bombings. (AP Photo/Michael Dwyer) A crowd gathers at the finish line of the Boston Marathon in Boston for a Sports Illustrated photo shoot to commemorate the one-year anniversary of the Boston Marathon bombings, Saturday, April 12, 2014. (AP Photo/Michael Dwyer) A crowd gathers at the finish line of the Boston Marathon in Boston for a Sports Illustrated photo shoot before the one-year anniversary of the Boston Marathon bombings, Saturday, April 12, 2014. (AP Photo/Michael Dwyer) A crowd gathers at the finish line of the Boston Marathon in Boston for a Sports Illustrated photo shoot before the one-year anniversary of the Boston Marathon bombings, Saturday, April 12, 2014. (AP Photo/Michael Dwyer) Photographer Gregory Heisler, center right, sets up in front of a crowd gathered at the finish line of the Boston Marathon in Boston for a proposed Sports Illustrated cover photo to commemorate the one-year anniversary of the Boston Marathon bombings, Saturday, April 12, 2014. (AP Photo/Michael Dwyer) A crowd gathers at the finish line of the Boston Marathon in Boston for a Sports Illustrated photo shoot before the one-year anniversary of the Boston Marathon bombings, Saturday, April 12, 2014. (AP Photo/Michael Dwyer) Boston Mayor Marty Walsh poses for a selfie at the finish line of the Boston Marathon in Boston, Saturday, April 12, 2014. The mayor joined a crowd gathered for a Sports Illustrated photo shoot to commemorate the one-year anniversary of the Boston Marathon bombing. (AP Photo/Michael Dwyer) A crowd gathers at the finish line of the Boston Marathon in Boston for a Sports Illustrated photo shoot to commemorate the one-year anniversary of the Boston Marathon bombing, Saturday, April 12, 2014. (AP Photo/Michael Dwyer) A crowd gathers at the finish line of the Boston Marathon in Boston for a Sports Illustrated photo shoot to commemorate the one-year anniversary of the Boston Marathon bombing, Saturday, April 12, 2014. (AP Photo/Michael Dwyer) A pair of firefighters arrive at the finish line of the Boston Marathon in Boston for a Sports Illustrated photo shoot to commemorate the one-year anniversary of the Boston Marathon bombing, Saturday, April 12, 2014. (AP Photo/Michael Dwyer) A crowd gathers at the finish line of the Boston Marathon in Boston for a Sports Illustrated photo shoot to commemorate the one-year anniversary of the Boston Marathon bombings, Saturday, April 12, 2014. (AP Photo/Michael Dwyer) Photographer Gregory Heisler, left, gives instructions at the finish line of the Boston Marathon in Boston as he works on a proposed Sports Illustrated cover photo to commemorate the one-year anniversary of the Boston Marathon bombings, Saturday, April 12, 2014. (AP Photo/Michael Dwyer) Boston Mayor Marty Walsh speaks to reporters at the finish line of the Boston Marathon in Boston, Saturday, April 12, 2014. The mayor joined a crowd that gathered for a Sports Illustrated photo shoot to commemorate the one-year anniversary of the Boston Marathon bombing. (AP Photo/Michael Dwyer) A crowd gathers at the finish line of the Boston Marathon in Boston for a Sports Illustrated photo shoot before the one-year anniversary of the Boston Marathon bombings, Saturday, April 12, 2014. (AP Photo/Michael Dwyer) Runners wait to cross Boylston Street after posing at the finish line of the Boston Marathon in Boston, Saturday, April 12, 2014. At least 2000 people gathered for a Sports Illustrated photo shoot to commemorate the one-year anniversary of the Boston Marathon bombing. (AP Photo/Michael Dwyer) A crowd gathers at the finish line of the Boston Marathon in Boston for a Sports Illustrated photo shoot before the one-year anniversary of the Boston Marathon bombings, Saturday, April 12, 2014. (AP Photo/Michael Dwyer) A crowd gathers at the finish line of the Boston Marathon in Boston for a Sports Illustrated photo shoot before the one-year anniversary of the Boston Marathon bombings, Saturday, April 12, 2014. (AP Photo/Michael Dwyer)

Boston Marathon photo shoot attracts hundreds to finish line days before race


BOSTON — A photo shoot for a sports magazine cover marking the anniversary of the Boston Marathon bombings has attracted thousands of people, including survivors of the twin explosions, emergency workers, well-wishers and city officials.

Saturday’s Sports Illustrated cover shoot occurred at the marathon finish line, where hundreds of people had gathered to watch runners finish the race when the April 15 explosions occurred. Three people were killed and 260 others injured.

Organizers say about 3,000 people returned to the location early Saturday for the “Boston Strong” photo shoot. Participants included bombing survivors and their families, Boston Mayor Martin Walsh, Police Commissioner William Evans, firefighters, emergency medical technicians and others.

Sports Illustrated Managing Editor Chris Stone says “Boston Strong is a story about people, ordinary people doing extraordinary things, ordinary people doing ordinary things.”



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