Spectators gather by the thousands on Boylston Street ← Related Article Visit The Boston Globe Share on Twitter Share on Facebook Comment on this Scroll to top of page John Tlumacki/Globe Staff Bombing survivor Jeff Bauman bumped fists with Carlos Arredondo, his hero from last year. John Tlumacki/Globe Staff Bombing survivor Adrianne Haslet-Davis cheered on National Guard runners crossing the finish line. Jessica Rinaldi/Globe Staff Spectators waved Boston Strong flags as they waited along the last stretch of Boylston Street. Jessica Rinaldi/Globe Staff Paul Strong, of Wakefield, embraced his wife Shannon, and son Colin, 12, during a moment of silence at 2:49 p.m. in front of Marathon Sports. Jessica Rinaldi/Globe Staff Sarah MacKay, 22, of Boston (second from left) embraced her friend Brittany about 10 minutes prior to 2:49 p.m., the same time the first bomb went off at last year’s race. Jessica Rinaldi/Globe Staff A jumbo screen near the finish line showed the start of the race. Dina Rudick/Globe Staff Carole Robbins (center), of Canton, Maine, watched the start on a jumbo screen near the finish line. Dina Rudick/Globe Staff Bombing survivor Heather Abbott returned to the Forum Restaurant. Jessica Rinaldi/Globe Staff Wyatt Kimble, 6, of Lakeland, Fla., slept as he waited for his mother to cross the finish line. Dina Rudick/Globe Staff Spectators cheered on runners during the home stretch. Dina Rudick/Globe Staff Security officers checked bags that spectators brought with them. Dina Rudick/Globe Staff Jessica Dimascolo, of Newport, R.I., raised her arm at the Forum Restaurant party and fundraiser. Jessica Rinaldi/Globe Staff Spectators cheered as they watched the wheelchair racers start the race on a screen. Dina Rudick/Globe Staff From left: Josh and Kim Todd of Asheville, N.C., and Ashley Eisenhauer, of Charlestown, S.C., were cheering on Tom Eisenhauer, of Asheville, N.C. Dina Rudick/Globe Staff Kim Todd displayed some Boston pride on her cheek. Jessica Rinaldi/Globe Staff A woman stood on her toes as she tried to catch a glimpse of the finish line. Dina Rudick/Globe Staff Spectators cheered on one of the wheelchair finishers as he made the home stretch. John Tlumacki/Globe Staff Marathon bombing survivors Adrianne Haslet-Davis and Jeff Bauman chatted on Boylston Street. Dina Rudick/Globe Staff Kelly Early (center), of Cambridge, cheered on the early finishers. Dina Rudick/Globe Staff The crowd was packed along Boylston Street. David L. Ryan/Globe Staff Rita Jeptoo waved to the crowd at the finish line. David L. Ryan/Globe Staff Security workers on the rooftops at the finish line. Jessica Rinaldi/Globe Staff Evelyn Harper, 16, sat on her brother's shoulders as she tried to catch a glimpse of the wheelchair racers. John Tlumacki/Globe Staff Carlos Arredondo put a victory wreath on women's wheelchair winner Tatyana McFadden. Jessica Rinaldi/Globe Staff Maria Silva (in red), of Salem, and Oliver Loewen (right, cheering), of Marblehead were excited as the men's elite finishers came down Boylston Street. John Tlumacki/Globe Staff Arredondo and his wife, Melida, held their hands over their hearts during the national anthem at the women’s wheelchair ceremony. Jessica Rinaldi/Globe Staff A peace sign topped one of the barricades close to where the first bomb went off at the Marathon last year. Jessica Rinaldi/Globe Staff (From left to right) Hannah Kiongo, of Peabody, Eunice Waweru, of Springfield, and Jane Wanja cheered on women’s title winner Rita Jeptoo as she came down Boylston. Jessica Rinaldi/Globe Staff Two women displayed a sign of support from a window above Boylston Street.