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Boston Police Commissioner William Evans will run the New York City Marathon this November in honor of the 8-year-old boy who was killed in the Boston Marathon bombing.
Evans is one of 20 people selected for Team MR8, from the Martin W. Richard Charitable Foundation.
"We were impressed that every application we received was sincere and thoughtful," Denise Richard, Martin’s mother, said in a statement. "Just like we saw with our Boston Marathon charity team, many of the applications were emotional and told of personal experience with tragedy, perseverance, and heroism. We saw in this group, a very strong connection between New York City and our hometown of Boston. The team has a great core of New York City-area members, and many of our Boston-area runners are transplanted New Yorkers eager to help carry our story home."
The 20 runners range in age from 21 to 55. More than 100 people applied for TeamMR8 at the New York City Marathon.
The foundation's mission is “to honor Martin's message of ‘No more hurting people — peace’ by investing in education, athletics and community," according to the statement.