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Runners return to Marathon course

The runners began to put the past behind them as the first waves made their way along the Marathon route.

From left: Rita Jeptoo, Shalane Flanagan, Yeshi Esayias, Buzunesh Deba, Mare Dibaba, and Jemima Jelagat Sumgong run shortly after the start in the women's division.

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Elite women ran along the course shortly after the start of the women's division.

Athletes from the elite women's field crossed the start line.

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Athletes from the elite women's field crossed the start line.

Dick Hoyt pushed his son Rick Hoyt (center) as they competed in the wheelchair division.

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Dick Hoyt pushed his son Rick Hoyt (center) as they competed in the wheelchair division.

Security officers checked bags that spectators brought onto Boylston Street.

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Security officers checked bags that spectators brought onto Boylston Street.

A New York police union dispatched 10 officers and a food truck to Boston to provide free hot dogs for Boston police.

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A New York police union dispatched officers and a food truck to provide free hot dogs for Boston police.

A moment of silence was held prior to the start of the Marathon.

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A moment of silence was held prior to the start of the Marathon.

Charity runners for Children's Hospital rested before the start of the Marathon at the Masonic Lodge in downtown Hopkinton.

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Charity runners for Children's Hospital rested before the start of the race.

Wellesley College student Alix Lewis set up the

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Wellesley College student Alix Lewis set up the "scream tunnel" posters.

Sarah Norcott will reveal to her husband, Jim, the sex of their baby when he finishes the race today.

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Sarah Norcott will reveal to her husband, Jim, the sex of their baby when he finishes the race today.

Runners prepared for the race at Boston Common.

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Runners prepared for the race at Boston Common.

Race officials handled last-minute preparations at the starting line.

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Race officials handled last-minute preparations at the starting line.

Various law enforcement agencies were in Hopkinton this morning.

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Various law enforcement agencies were in Hopkinton this morning.

BAA race director Dave McGillivray gave directions to military members before they headed off to march the course.

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BAA race director Dave McGillivray gave directions to military members before they headed off to march the course.

A Marathon worker cleaned the finish line before the race.

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A Marathon worker cleaned the finish line before the race.

Memorials for the Marathon bombing victims are set up at the finish line.

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Memorials for the Marathon bombing victims are set up at the finish line.

Your messages to runners

//c.o0bg.com/rf/image_90x90/Boston/2011-2020/2014/04/21/BostonGlobe.com/Metro/Images/fans150-13114.jpg Spectators gathering at finish eager to cheer

Supporters at the finish line are undaunted by any fear after last year’s attack.

Solidarity with Marathon runners along the route

Dispatches from the Globe on the race.

//c.o0bg.com/rf/image_90x90/Boston/2011-2020/2014/04/21/BostonGlobe.com/Metro/Images/bb1b8f6695bd49599c284989946b3299-bb1b8f6695bd49599c284989946b3299-0.jpg Increased security visible in Hopkinton

The expanded security along the route includes out-of-state law enforcement agencies.

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//c.o0bg.com/rf/image_90x90/Boston/2011-2020/2014/04/17/BostonGlobe.com/Sports/Images/jeffreyeggleston%20copy--90x90.jpg Faces of Marathon field

The average Joe, the first-timer, and the rising star are just a few of the runners in this year’s race.

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