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Boston Marathon bombing survivors gather for Sports Illustrated cover shoot

Thousands gather for a Sports Illustrated cover shoot at the Boston Marathon finish line on April 12, 2014. TWITTER/@Boston2024.

Hundreds of people who survived the Boston Marathon, as well as emergency crews and city officials, gathered at the race finish line on Saturday for a Sports Illustrated cover shoot.

At least 3,000 people showed up on Boylston Street for the photo, which will grace the April 16 issue.

Click here to see a behind-the-scenes video of the shoot.

The bombing was one year ago Tuesday, on April 15, 2013. Three people were killed and 260 others injured.

Monday’s race will be the first since the bombing. Race officials say 2,447 people from Canada have registered to take part in this year’s marathon, up from 2,032 registered last year.

Some people who showed up for the photo shoot wore blue and yellow, the colours of last year’s marathon. Others were decked out in official race gear, indicating they had participated. Many held signs, hearts and American flags to support the injured.

Bombing survivor Marc Fucarile, who had his right leg amputated below the knee, attended the photo shoot with his son.

 

Four days after last year’s blasts, police killed one of the suspected bombers, 26-year-old Tamerlan Tsarnaev, in a shootout and captured his brother Dzhokhar Tsarnaev, who was 19 at the time, soon after.

Prosecutors say the Tsarnaev brothers built two pressure cooker bombs and planted them near the race’s finish line.

The brothers had lived in the former Soviet republic of Kyrgyzstan and the Dagestan region of Russia before moving to the U.S. with their family about a decade before the bombings.

With files from The Canadian Press