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Magazine's Boston Marathon photo shoot draws crowd

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A magazine photo shoot for a cover marking the anniversary of the Boston Marathon bombings drew an estimated 3,000 people on Saturday.

The Sports Illustrated cover shoot was held at the marathon finish line, where hundreds of people had gathered to watch runners finish the race when the twin explosions occurred on April 15, 2013. Three people were killed and 260 others injured.

"We want to show the resiliency of Boston. Boston strong, Boston pride and how everybody can come together in a city and just highlight that moment and that energy," said one attendee.

"As far as coming back, it's obviously nervous. But I think the couch potato sports guy and all of the men that are here, this is our only shot of ever getting on Sports Illustrated," said another man wearing a shirt with the word "survivor."

Participants included volunteers and bombing survivors like Marc Fucarile, a 35-year-old roofer from Stoneham who lost his right leg above the knee in the bombings and was the last survivor to leave the hospital.

First responders were in the first row.

"It's very important for our members to be recognized. Sometimes we're operating in the background. It's great in the photo shoot we will be on the frontline," said one first responder.

Mayor Marty Walsh and Police Commissioner William Evans were also in attendance.

The issue will be available on newsstands starting Wednesday.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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