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Runners Finish Boston Marathon 2.0 With Support of Teammates, Friends

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    Teammates Support Woman Redoing Boston Marathon

    Ally Wagner, who is 22 weeks pregnant, reran the marathon route Sunday after suffering from hypothermia at mile 18 on Marathon Monday. 

    (Published Sunday, April 29, 2018)

    Nearly a dozen runners who did not get to finish the Boston Marathon got a chance to do so Sunday.

    Thousands of runners at this year's Boston Marathon were forced to drop out, in large part due to the unusually cold and rainy weather. 

    "We have somewhere between 50 to 70 runners who either finished the race and want to come out and support those of us who didn't finish, or teammates, friends, family members who are just coming out to cheer us on," Ally Wagner said. 

    Wagner, who organized Sunday's so-called "Marathon 2.0," dropped out at Mile 18 on the original race day after suffering hypothermia and not wanting to risk her health.

    Boston Marathon Runners Offered Chance to Finish Race

    [NECN] Boston Marathon Runners Offered Chance to Finish Race

    A group of runner who did not get to finish the Boston Marathon got a chance to do so Sunday.

    (Published Sunday, April 29, 2018)

    "I had to drink more water because I'm shedding so many tears along the route. It's just so inspiring," Wagner, who is 22 weeks pregnant, said at Mile 20 on Sunday.

    Wagner is an inspiration for many. Her Boston Children's Hospital teammates proudly supported her, and even chose to run with her Sunday.

    "She's carrying her first child, I have two young boys myself, so I totally get what this is about, you know kind of proving to your children that you're strong, you're tough, you can do this," said supporter Brynn Wartman.

    "She's a warrior, and I have to be here for her," said Matt Iorlano.

    With pain in her legs, Wagner conquered Heartbreak Hill heading toward Boylston Street where her 7-year-old patient partner was waiting for her.

    Wagner and Emma crossed the finish line together as Wagner pushed Emma in her wheel chair.

    While they finished two weeks late, they still contributed to something amazing; $2.1M was raised for the Boston Children's Hospital.

    While participants ran the entire marathon route Sunday, the race did not close off streets, though volunteers did line the marathon route to hand out water. 

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