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The first buses carrying runners to the Hopkinton athletes village arrived Monday morning.
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Meghan Dunn relaxed with other charity runners for Children's Hospital before the start of the Boston Marathon at the Masonic Lodge in Hopkinton.
BAA Race director Dave MacGillivray gave directions to members of the Army and Air Massachusetts National Guard before they headed off from the start in Hopkinton to march the Boston Marathon course.
Bomb sniffing dogs with various law enforcement agencies patrolled near the starting line.
Runners rested in the athlete's village.
Runners packed the athlete's village before the start of the race.
A charity runner for Children's Hospital stepped over teammates relaxing before the start of the race at the Masonic Lodge in downtown Hopkinton.
Elite men's runner Lelisa Desisa got help with his bib from Markos Geneti before the start.
Runners warmed up with blankets at the start of the race.
Runners packed the lawns inside the athlete's village.
The first group of runners left the athlete's village for the starting line.
The start the Boston Marathon in Hopkinton.
Johannes Reining of Frankfurt, Germany found a comfortable spot to rest in the athlete's village before the start of the race.
The crowd of runners at the start the Boston Marathon in Hopkinton.
Waves of runners at the start.
Discarded clothing was collected to donate to Big Brother, Big Sister.
Jubilant runners received high-fives at the start of the race.
Fans cheered on the runners from along the road during the start of the marathon.
Dick Hoyt pushes his son Rick Hoyt at the start of the wheelchair division at the Boston Marathon in Hopkinton.
Crowds of runners packed the start of the Marathon route.
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