And on the eve of the 2018 marathon, the mayor believes the tragedy has united the city.
Huddle has been a success at shorter distances, although her only marathon result was a third-place finish at NY in 2016.Flanagan, 36, missed last year's race with an injury but won at NY with extra rest.
Lisa Larsen Weidenbach was the last U.S. woman to win this race, in 1985, but a group of highly talented home runners may find the way to amend that record against an worldwide field whose most obvious contender is Kenya's defending champion Edna Kiplagat.
General view of the pack of elite women near the start of the 2017 Boston Marathon.
"This is my 7th time running Boston", Wallace said.
Hasey followed up by finishing third in the Chicago Marathon in 2:20:57, putting her second on the all-time women's list behind the 2:19:36 recorded by Deena Kastor at the 2006 London Marathon.
"We support that decision and have invited Jordan to return to Boston next year".
The run will be noticeably different for him this year.
The question will be how much longer Kiplagat, now 38, can maintain her winning form.
Shalane Flanagan becomes the first USA woman since 1977 to win NYC Marathon.
Kiplagat, 37, pulled away with more than five miles remaining a year ago to win at Boston in 2:21:52.
Men's victor Geoffrey Kirui running the 2017 Boston Marathon in Nike. She was also second to Rose Chelimo in the World Track and Field Championships marathon and fourth in NY.
After sitting out the past two Boston Marathons (due to the Olympics in 2016 and an injury last year), the Nike athlete has high hopes for Monday's race.