PHILADELPHIA (CBS) — The 17th annual Philadelphia Marathon takes place this Sunday, with a record 23,000 runners expected to participate.

At the kickoff ceremony on Friday, some marathon runners shared their inspirational stories.

Mayor Nutter  presented the first ever “High Five” award to marathon participant  Kathleen Boyle Wrigley (at lectern in photo), sister of slain Philadelphia police officer Danny Boyle, who lost his life almost  two decades ago.

“We wanted to present the award to somebody who embodies the courage that makes every finisher a hero,” Nutter said, “and proves that the journey to the starting line is every bit as important as crossing the finishing line.”

Kathleen is legally blind; she lost most of her vision after an operation  to correct a brain aneurism.  She will be running the full 26.2 miles to mark the upcoming 20th anniversary of her brother’s death.

“I accept this award on (behalf of) all Philadelphia police officers who have served and given their lives in the line of duty,” said Wrigley, “and one in particular who teaches me how to live life to its fullest every single day — Danny Boyle.”

Reported by John McDevitt, KYW Newsradio 1060.




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