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Runners Respond to Tragedy in Manchester With an Emotional Race

Runners Respond to Tragedy in Manchester With an Emotional Race

Following a week of grieving, it was the first major event in Manchester’s city center since the attack at the concert, and it took place as investigators continued their search for people who may have helped the suicide bomber behind it. If it had been canceled, many runners said, they would have run anyway. “I would have still been out there doing it, partly for defiance,” said one, Rob Marsden, 35, a business analyst who ran the half. For Ciaran O’Neill, the most unifying part of the emotional half marathon was the route. The course passed the stadiums where archrival soccer teams Manchester United and Manchester City play. And runners and spectators put aside their loyalties to one or the other. “That was a beautiful metaphor for how this city is united today,” said O’Neill, 27, a London-based marketing manager for Nike who previously lived in Manchester and came back ...

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