Boston College students who had organized “Boston Marathon: The Last 5” have decided to postpone the event.
The five-mile walk, which had grown in popularity, had officials concerned that logistics would overwhelm the resources of the Boston police, the Heights reported.
The organizers, Dani Cole and Michael Padulsky, had initially set up the route from Boston College to Copley Square in downtown Boston for those runners who had not been able to cross the finish line after two bombs went off near the end of the race, causing three deaths and injuring more than 170.
Nearly 5,000 people had run 24 miles of the 26.2-mile course when the blasts occurred. The Last 5 event, organized on Facebook, had received more than 16,000 responses from people who expected to attend on Friday, with the term #thelast5 trending on Twitter.
Accents CC wrote, "Here is your chance to finish the #BostonMarathon."
Stephen Wojnar added, "We will walk to show that WE decide when our marathon ends."
The organizers have since updated their Facebook page with this post:
Since our posting, we have received an incredible response and interest in the ‘Boston Marathon: The Last 5’ event. We have been meeting with officials to discuss the planning and organization of the event.
We understand the impact of yesterdays’ tragedy and the effect it has had on the city as well as public safety resources. With this in mind, we have decided that the original timing of this event would stretch the already exhausted personnel currently focused on the incident.
Acknowledging that the event has been put off for now, Grant Salzano posted, “Really really looking forward to #TheLast5, whenever it may be.”