Boston Marathon winner giving medal to city
Jun. 22, 2013
BOSTON (AP) — Boston Marathon winner Lelisa Desisa (leh-LEE'-sah deh-SEE'-sah) is giving his medal to the City of Boston this weekend as a tribute to the victims and families affected by the twin bombing near the race's finish line.
The Ethiopian champion will participate in Sunday morning's Boston Athletic Association 10K race. Afterward, he will present the medal to Mayor Thomas Menino in a ceremony on Boston Common.
Desisa announced his intention to donate the medal last month at a meeting with U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry, the longtime senator from Massachusetts.
Desisa says he's giving the medal as a gesture of support with the victims and in memory of those who died that day.