The executive director of the Boston Athletic Association said via a Facebook post on Tuesday that the organization will continue the rich tradition of the Boston Marathon, following Monday's multiple bombings at the event. Thomas Grilk posted on behalf of the association to thank those who helped victims of the bombings and also to express his sympathy. But he ended the message with a powerful message to the city.
Boston is strong. Boston is resilient. Boston is our home. And Boston has made us enormously proud in the past 24 hours. The Boston Marathon is a deeply held tradition - an integral part of the fabric and history of our community. We are committed to continuing that tradition with the running of the 118th Boston Marathon in 2014.
Grilk thanked the Boston Athletic Association's medical personnel, volunteers and the city's first responders who aided the victims in the aftermath of the bombings. He estimated the number of volunteers around 8,500 and the list of medical workers at 1,000.
The Boston Athletic Association executive added that they were cooperating with federal and state authorities in the investigation of the bombings. Grilk said they were "limited" in what information they could provide because of the ongoing investigation.