Newlyweds injured in bombing do hand cycle race
BOSTON (AP) — Newlyweds who each lost a leg in last year’s Boston Marathon bombing completed the marathon together this year, riding hand cycles for the 26.2-mile course.
Patrick Downes and Jessica Kensky were newlyweds last year when they went to the marathon finish line to watch the runners cross. They both suffered severe injuries; both lost their left legs.
On Monday, they rode side by side in the hand cycle race, completing the course from Hopkinton to Boston, in about 2 hours and 14 minutes. Both smiled as they rolled across the finish line, holding hands.
A spokesman for Spaulding Rehabilitation Hospital said the couple “wanted to make sure they finished together.”