A Look At The Boston Marathon 2013

This timeline is a look back at the events leading up to, during, and after the Boston Marathon bombing of April 2013. Compiled by the BU News Service reporters Jamie Bologna, Justine Hofherr, and Yizi Wang.

2013-04-15 09:00:29

Moment of Silence

Race officials, runners, and onlookers observe a moment of silence for the victims of the Sandy Hook Elementary School shooting in Hopkinton, Mass.

2013-04-15 09:17:29

Wheelchair competitors start race

Fifty-three wheelchair competitors start, according to BU News Service live blog/Twitter feed.

2013-04-15 09:33:29

Elite women runners start race

Fifty-one elite women runners are off.

2013-04-15 10:00:45

Elite men runners start race

Elite men and other top male runners (3,000 total) set off.

2013-04-15 10:10:18

Last two waves of runners take off

Remaining runners (about 24,000) begin race, according to NBC. As second wave leaves, first men’s wheelchair athlete, Hiroyuki Yamamato of Japan, crosses the finish line.

2013-04-15 11:03:51

First female wheelchair competitor finishes

Maryland woman Tatyana McFadden win’s women’s wheelchair division. Her time was 1:45:23.

2013-04-15 11:58:24

Women elite runner finishes

Rita Jeptoo of Kenya crosses the finish line as women’s elite winner. Her time was 2 hours, 26 minutes, 25 seconds.

2013-04-15 12:10:04

Male elite runner finishes

Lelisa Desisa of Ethiopia crosses finish line as men’s winner. His time was 2 hours, 10 minutes, 22 seconds.

2013-04-15 14:54:54

Two explosions rock Boylston Street

Two explosions erupt a block a part within eight seconds of each other on Boylston Street. Thousands more runners are still streaming toward the finish line.

2013-04-15 14:56:54

Emergency Response

Race volunteers, emergency workers on the scene rush to aid the wounded. Medical tend set up for fatigued runners serves as a makeshift trauma clinic. Gray smoke pervades the air in front of Forum restaurant, which was at the epicenter of one explosion.

2013-04-15 15:05:54

Boston police report an incident

Boston police report an incident at 673 Boylston St. in Boston, but do not say what it is. Boston police, fire and other emergency personnel respond. Marathon headquarters at Fairmont Copley Plaza Hotel locked down.

2013-04-15 15:30:00

More unexploded bombs found

Near the finish line of the Boston Marathon, two or more unexploded bombs are found and disarmed

2013-04-15 16:10:43

Boston officials report two dead

Boston officials report at least two dead and over 100 injured. They report that many victims had their legs severed. Senior U.S. officials report that another undetonated bomb was found near the finish line, according to NBC News. The FAA halts all flights in and out of Boston’s Logan International Airport.

2013-04-15 16:30:00

Obama speaks from the White House

President Obama urges people not to jump to conclusions and vows to bring those responsible for the blast to justice.

2013-04-15 19:00:00

Vigils for the victims

Thousands of mourners holding candles and flags gather together overnight and through the early morning hours of April 16 in vigils for the lives lost during the bombing

2013-04-15 20:07:04

Death toll rises to three

Boston Police Commissioner Ed Davis announces the death toll rises to three in Boston Marathon explosions.

2013-04-16 09:38:00

F.B.I. investigating the attack as “an act of terrorism"

President Obama announces that the F.B.I. is investigating the attack as “an act of terrorism,”

2013-04-16 18:18:00

Bombs are made using pressure cookers

Dr. George Velmahos of Boston General Hospital tells reporters that the bombs used in the April 15 bombing were created out of pressure cookers and packed with shrapnel consisting of metal, nails and ball bearings.

2013-04-17 12:30:00

One possible suspect identified

Authorities have identified the image of a suspect through Lord & Taylor surveillance video

2013-04-18 12:00:00

Obama visits Boston and gives speech for victims

President Obama travels to Boston and gives a speech at a interfaith prayer service at the Cathedral of the Holy Cross

2013-04-18 17:00:00

FBI releases photos of two suspects

FBI Special Agent in charge of the Boston division Richard DesLauriers releases images and video captured from closed-circuit surveillance cameras that show Tamarlan and Dhzokhar Tsarnaev on the sidewalk in the proximity of the Boston Marathon finish line.

2013-04-18 19:00:00

One suspect calls his uncle for forgiveness

26-yearl-old Boston bombing suspect Tamerlan Tsarnaev calls his uncle, initiating a five-minute conversation and asking for forgiveness, the uncle asserts.

2013-04-18 22:27:00

Lingzi Lu, a Chinese student from BU announced dead

The president of BU posts an open letter on the school's website confirming that Lingzi Lu, a Chinese graduate student pursuing mathematics at Boston University is one of the victims.

2013-04-18 22:30:29

MIT Officer Shot and Killed

At 10:30 PM, MIT issued an alert telling students to stay indoors, because of a shooting on campus. MIT police officer Sean Collier, 27, was allegedly killed by the marathon bombing suspects.

2013-04-18 23:00:29


The alleged marathon bombers carjack a Mercedes in Cambridge. The car's owner eventually escapes the car, calling 911 and leading to a shootout in Watertown.

2013-04-19 01:00:52

Shootout in Watertown

After the carjacking victim escapes, the bombing suspects confronted police in Watertown.

2013-04-19 01:35:52

Death of Tamerlan Tsarnaev

At the Watertown shootout, the alleged marathon bombers threw out makeshift bombs and shot at police. The older brother, Tamerlan Tsarnaev, was pronounced dead at Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center at 1:35 AM, as a result of gunshot wounds and being run over by a car. Hi younger brother escapes on foot.

2013-04-19 10:34:58

Boston In Lockdown

Streets are devoid of people, and most businesses are closed, while a city-wide manhunt for Boston marathon bombing suspect Dzhokar Tsarnaev locks down Boston. (Photo by Micaela Bedell)

2013-04-19 12:51:29

Police Go Door To Door

Law enforcement members search for Dzhokhar Tsarnaev, a remaining suspect in Boston Marathon bombing, throughout Watertown after the two suspects led police on a chase early this morning. Police systematically search homes in the area with SWAT teams and K-9 units. (Photo by Micaela Bedell/BUNS)

2013-04-19 14:59:45

The Search Continues

The search continued most of the day, well into the afternoon. Law enforcement continued to for Dzhokhar Tsarnaev, a remaining suspect in Boston Marathon bombing, throughout Watertown. Police systematically searched homes in the area with SWAT teams and K-9 units. (Photo by Micaela Bedell/BUNS)

2013-04-19 18:00:45

Lockdown Is Lifted, Dzhokar Found

Police lift the lockdown order. Suspect Dzhokhar Tsarnaev, 19, had been hiding in a boat in Watertown, Mass. Authorities responded to a call from a Watertown resident, after he saw that a tarp covering his boat had been opened and there was blood on his boat.

2013-04-19 20:00:45

Residents Leave Their Homes

People gather at the intersection of Boylston and Hereford streets at a memorial from Monday's attacks at the Boston Marathon upon hearing that Dzhokhar Tsarnaev, one of the suspects in the attacks, had been apprehended. (Photo by Kristen Keesee/BUNS)

2013-04-19 21:00:45

City Celebrates Capture

Crowds gather in the Boston Common to celebrate the efforts of the Boston Police Dept., FBI, and National Guard in apprehending Dzhokhar Tsarnaev, the 19 year-old suspect in the Boston Marathon bombing. (Photo by Kristen Keesee/BUNS)

A Look At The Boston Marathon 2013

Copy this timeline Login to copy this timeline 3d Game mode

Contact us

We'd love to hear from you. Please send questions or feedback to the below email addresses.

Before contacting us, you may wish to visit our FAQs page which has lots of useful info on Tiki-Toki.

We can be contacted by email at: hello@tiki-toki.com.

You can also follow us on twitter at twitter.com/tiki_toki.

If you are having any problems with Tiki-Toki, please contact us as at: help@tiki-toki.com


Edit this timeline

Enter your name and the secret word given to you by the timeline's owner.

3-40 true Name must be at least three characters
3-40 true You need a secret word to edit this timeline

Checking details

Please check details and try again