Runners who didn't get to complete the Boston Marathon on Monday, and even those who did, will get the chance to cross the finish line this Saturday in Amherst.
The UMass football program announced that at halftime of this year's spring football game, Boston Marathon participants will be encouraged to take a lap around the field and cross the "finish line" at the 50-yard line. The runners' names will appear on the video board, and they'll also receive a gift presented by the school.
"Competing in the Boston Marathon is a lifetime achievement and something to be celebrated," said coach Charley Molnar, an avid runner himself. "These runners deserve to finish what they started and we hope we can provide that for them. We want them to have that feeling of coming down the home stretch to the sound of applause and to have their friends and families greet them as they cross the line."
The Minutemen will wear a commemorative Boston Marathon sticker on their helmets to honor the marathon runners as well as first responders.
For more information about the event, see here.