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A bouquet of yellow tulips left at the Boston Marathon finish line. (Jesse Costa/WBUR)
A bouquet of yellow tulips left at the Boston Marathon finish line. (Jesse Costa/WBUR)
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The Boston Athletic Association announced today they will work to improve the treatment of handcyclists in the Boston Marathon. The changes will include more recognition of the winners in the handcyclists race, increasing accommodations, and adding spots for handcyclist racers in 2018.

Many handcyclists are wounded veterans or survivors of the Boston bombing. They say they have felt mistreated by the association. This prompted its CEO, Tom Grilk, to apologize yesterday for comments he made that were seen as disrespectful.

There are 30 handcyclists participating in the marathon this year.

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Bill Littlefield, host of NPR's Only A Game, which tweets @onlyagamenpr.

This segment aired on April 12, 2017.

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