Canadians 'triumph over terrorism' at Boston Marathon

These London, Ont., runners are heading to Boston for the famed Boston Marathon on April 21. From...

These London, Ont., runners are heading to Boston for the famed Boston Marathon on April 21. From left to right: John DePutter, Dave Stollar, John Woolsey, Jen Vording, Nick Groot and Stacy Groppler. They were photographed on one of their very last runs before the marathon on April 17, 2014. (Mike Hensen/QMI Agency)

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John DePutter wanted to run the Boston Marathon again this year to honour the city and its residents.

"We know now that the horrific crime brought out the best in humanity and that's one reason I'm going back this year," the London, Ont., man said ahead of Monday's race.

"I want to pay my own personal tribute to the strength of the people of Boston, and to those badly injured and bereaved," he said. "Many will view this year's running as a collective statement of support, resilience and triumph over terrorism. I certainly have this in the forefront of my mind."

Last year, DePutter, 60, was back at his hotel when two bombs went off at the finish line of the marathon, killing three people and injuring 264.

It's expected 36,000 people will take part in the marathon on Monday - which Reuters reported is the second-largest field in the race's 118-year history - and DePutter won't be the only Canadian taking part.


Still image taken from video courtesy of NBC shows an explosion at the Boston Marathon, April 15, 2013. Two explosions struck the marathon as runners crossed the finish line on Monday, witnesses said, injuring an unknown number of people on what is ordinarily a festive day in the city. (REUTERS/NBC/Handout)

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