The elite men compete in the 118th Boston Marathon Monday in Hopkinton, Mass. (AP Photo/Steven Senne)
The 118th running of the Boston Marathon began under heavy security Monday morning, a year after the bombings near the race’s finish line that killed three people and wounded more than 260 others. A moment of silence was observed and “America the Beautiful” was played over a loudspeaker before the race began for mobility-impaired marathoners. The elite men and women runners were starting later in the morning. Despite heightened security, the mood was festive at the finish line on Boylston Street. Spontaneous applause broke out as a group of Boston police officers walked near the site of last year’s twin bombing and children danced as the Rolling Stones’ song “Start Me Up” blared over the loudspeakers. A total of 35,755 athletes entered the race — the second-largest field in its history, many of them coming to show support for the event and the city that was shocked by the attack on its signature sporting event/Associated Press. More here. (AP photo: Meb Keflezighi, of the United States, leads Josphat Boit, also from the United States, passed Wellesley College during the 118th Boston Marathon Monday in Wellesley)
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