Runners in Jersey Shore race canceled by explosion join NYC run

- About 100 runners joined in a New York City race after a pipe bomb explosion canceled their race on the Jersey Shore last week.

The runners wore matching white shirts and held hands at the starting line of the Tunnel to Towers Run on Sunday morning. 

They had been planning to take part in the Semper Five charity 5K in Seaside Park on Sept. 17. That race was halted after the bomb went off. No one was injured.

The New York City race traces the route of a firefighter who ran from Brooklyn to the World Trade Center on 9/11. Money goes to wounded veterans of the Iraq and Afghanistan wars. About 30,000 people take part.

Also, a federal judge denied a public defender's request the man charged in the New York and New Jersey bombings be appointed a lawyer. Prosecutors said Ahmad Khan Rahami has not officially been arrested yet by federal authorities.

Friday, Magistrate Judge Mark Falk ruled against New Jersey public defender Richard Coughlin's request.

Federal prosecutors opposed the request and say Rahami has been incapacitated at the hospital. Coughlin says he has no reason to doubt that.

Rahami faces federal charges for the bombs that exploded in New York City and Seaside Park, and state charges after a shootout with police in New Jersey.

He was injured by police after a shootout in Linden hours on Monday, after he was named the suspect in Saturday's bombings. Two officers were treated for minor injuries.

Federal terrorism charges against Rahami say a bloodstained notebook found on him after he was arrested included passages praising Anwar al-Awlaki.

Al-Awlaki was an American imam who became an al-Qaida propagandist and was killed five years ago in Yemen, and Rahami's father said he went to authorities two years ago partly because he was concerned about his son's admiration for al-Awlaki.

Meanwhile, the imam at the New Jersey mosque where members say Rahami’s father is an active member and frequently prays there -- including this week -- spoke against violence and in support of law enforcement during the first Friday prayer service since the bombing charges.

Imam Syed Fakhruddin Alvi urged the more than 100 men gathered at the Muslim Community Center of Union County to unite and be vigilant in leading their families and children away from evil.

Rahami He is recovering in a hospital.

Leaders called Rahami misguided and say people who follow extremist teachings are criminals.

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