BOSTON (AP) — The Boston Marathon is honoring the victims of the Newtown, Conn., shooting with a special mile marker in Monday’s race.

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Boston Athletic Association president Joanne Flaminio said there was “special significance” to the fact that the race is 26.2 miles long and 26 people died at Sandy Hook Elementary school.

WBZ NewsRadio 1030’s Lana Jones reports

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Laura Nowacki, a spokeswoman for the Newtown Strong Fund, says the runners will hit Heartbreak Hill knowing it’s nothing like the pain felt by the runners back home. She says, “It’s just running, but we want our steps to count.”

The mile marker that will hang at the end of the 26th mile will feature the city seal surrounded by 26 stars, one for each victim.

There will also be 26 seconds of silence at the start before the race.

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