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Ky. Man To Run In Boston Marathon 6 Years After Surviving Bombing

Posted at 5:50 AM, Apr 12, 2019
and last updated 2019-04-12 07:29:54-04

LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WAVE 3)– A Kentucky runner, who survived the Boston Marathon bombing, is heading back to the course six years after the terrifying incident.

Since the bombing, Kelly Flowers has participated in marathons all over the world. But none compare to his fundraising race.

Over the years, Flowers has raised $75,000 for the Martin Richard Foundation.

Martin was an 8-year-old child who died in the bombing, and his sister lost a leg.

The foundation raises money for things like parks and athletics programs for children with disabilities.

Flowers never knew Martin but says his story hit him hard.

“It hit me so hard because, I have boys and just the fact he was so young and even had an interest in running the Boston Marathon one day.”

This year’s race will be the first time since the bombing that the marathon falls on the same date, April 15.

Flowers will run with a photo of Martin Richard alongside him.

You can contribute to Team MR8 through Kelly Flowers’ efforts by clicking here.