Pic: Sports Illustrated's cover to mark the first anniversary of the Boston Marathon bombing is just great 8 years ago

Pic: Sports Illustrated's cover to mark the first anniversary of the Boston Marathon bombing is just great

As the city prepares for this year's race on Easter Monday, Sports Illustrated produced a special cover to commemorate the strength of Boston and its people.

After the shocking bombing at the finish line of the 2013 Boston Marathon, the city pulled itself together and quickly rallied behind the slogan 'Boston Strong'. It helped carry the Boston Red Sox to World Series glory and the city's hockey team, the Bruins, wore the slogan on their helmets.

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But away from sport it became a slogan for all the citizens of the city to cling on to and to not be cowed by an act of extreme violence at the heart of one of their most special events.

To commemorate the bombing, and the impact it had on the city, Sports Illustrated have produced a special issue ahead of the 2014 race on April 21, Easter Monday.

The issue's front cover features 3,000 Bostonians who turned up for the photocall at the finish line where the bombs went off.

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The issue also features pieces on 15 people affected by the incident, and an interview with Red Sox star David Ortiz, which you can read here.