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Boston Marathon runners for Newtown safe, finished before blasts

By CNN Staff
updated 5:58 AM EDT, Tue April 16, 2013
STORY HIGHLIGHTS
  • Runners ran the 26.2-mile race to honor 26 victims killed at Sandy Hook Elementary
  • Newtown Strong's Facebook post says all of them are safe
  • The group raises money for siblings of those killed in December

(CNN) -- Six members of the Newtown Strong team who ran the Boston Marathon on Monday are OK, according to a Facebook post from the group.

"Members of the Newtown Strong team which ran in today's marathon are safe. All runners completed the race before the explosions happened," the post said.

The runners ran the 26.2-mile event to honor the 26 people who were killed at Sandy Hook Elementary School on December 14. The Newtown Patch reported there were six runners from the town in the race, including Laura Nowacki, whose daughter survived the shooting.

Marathon organizers held a 26-second moment of silence before the race to honor the first graders and educators who were killed by Adam Lanza and dedicated the final mile to the victims.

The Newtown Strong Fund is a scholarship fund for the siblings and relatives of the victims of the school massacre.

Lanza also killed his mother, Nancy, at the family's home.

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