(Photo: Sean Murphy, Massachusetts State Police via AP)
The Massachusetts state police photographer who retired after leaking dramatic photos of the bloodied Boston Marathon bombings suspect will run the Boston Marathon in April.
Former Massachusetts Police Sgt. Sean Murphy was one of 467 who received an invitational entry from the Boston Athletic Association in December.
He had to go through a written-application process the B.A.A. conducted to distribute entries to those most affected by the bombings at last year’s marathon, Runner’s World reports.
Murphy is running the marathon to raise money for Team MR8, which raises money for the Martin Richard Charitable Foundation. Martin, 8, At age 8, Martin – dubbed “a sports nut” and an “encyclopedia of sports” was the youngest of the three people killed in the bombings.
“We established The Martin W. Richard Charitable Foundation to honor our son Martin’s message of peace, a message that went global in the days after he was tragically taken from us while we were all cheering on runners at last year’s Boston Marathon,” said Martin’s father Bill Richard on the family’s blog. “While the pain of that day will forever be with us, our hope is that this special event becomes a source of strength for our family and a means to make a difference in the world.”
By early December, notifications were sent both to those who have been accepted and to those who were not accepted.
On it’s website, the Boston Athletic Association wrote:
Due to the large number of submissions received, not all who submitted a request were able to be granted access to run in next year’s race. Many who submitted a request provided thoughtful and compelling accounts of their experiences last April. A committee from the B.A.A. needed to make many difficult decisions during its review.
The B.A.A. understands how deeply people feel about their reactions to what happened last April, and it appreciates the requests and show of support and strength that has been displayed by so many following last Spring’s Boston Marathon. That strength is something that we will continue to honor in the months ahead.
Our process in no way ignores or diminishes the very real and significant impact suffered by so many.