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Ethiopia, US take huge strides forward at Boston Marathon

Ethiopia is closing the gap on its African neighbors, and the Americans are very much in the chase among top distance runners.

Ethiopians Lelisa Desisa (center) and Yemane Adhane Tsegay (far left) were at the front of the pack early in the Boston Marathon, and finished 1-2.

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Ethiopians Lelisa Desisa (center) and Yemane Adhane Tsegay (far left) were at the front of the pack early in the Boston Marathon, and finished 1-2.

//c.o0bg.com/rf/image_90x90/Boston/2011-2020/2015/04/20/BostonGlobe.com/Sports/Images/Tlumacki_bostonmarathonfinishline_sports411.jpg Meb Keflezighi creates another special finish line moment

Keflezighi, last year’s winner of the men’s race, held Hilary Dionne’s hand as they both crossed the finish line.

Boston Marathon winner Caroline Rotich to be honored at Santa Fe parade

The women’s champ has lived and trained in New Mexico for five years.

CHRISTOPHER L. GASPER

//c.o0bg.com/rf/image_90x90/Boston/2011-2020/2015/04/20/BostonGlobe.com/Sports/Images/gasper-6969.jpg This time, Lelisa Desisa can relish his Marathon victory

When he won two years ago, Desisa was merely a footnote to tragedy; now he can be celebrated.

Shira Springer

A runner’s view: An uncomfortable, yet memorable Boston Marathon

The Globe’s Shira Springer shares a first-person point of view on the 119th Boston Marathon.

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More than 27,000 runners completed the course on Monday, while about 1,300 were treated by medical staff.

//c.o0bg.com/rf/image_90x90/Boston/2011-2020/2015/04/21/BostonGlobe.com/Sports/Images/Copy%20of%20marathon29.jpg Doug Flutie, Andy Katz among notable finishers in the 2015 Boston Marathon

A number of notable people ran this year’s Marathon.

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About a million others are expected to cheer their hearts out along the route during the colorful rite of spring in Boston.

//c.o0bg.com/rf/image_90x90/Boston/2011-2020/2015/04/20/BostonGlobe.com/Sports/Images/marathon28.jpg ‘It was all horrible’ — rain, cold prove challenging for some racers

A stream of runners filed through the medical tent to seek relief from the frigid weather.

//c.o0bg.com/rf/image_90x90/Boston/2011-2020/2015/04/20/BostonGlobe.com/Sports/Images/Tlumacki_bostonmarathonfinishline_sports359-7102-U804268696065mAB--90x90@BostonGlobe.com.jpg Lelisa Desisa returned to win after Marathon bombings

His rewards were the same as two years ago, but the memory of this victory, both for the champion and the city, will be one to savor.

//c.o0bg.com/rf/image_90x90/Boston/2011-2020/2015/04/20/BostonGlobe.com/Sports/Images/slider_Tlumacki_bostonmarathonfinishline_sports475-7106-U804268696065D7G--90x90@BostonGlobe.com.jpg Caroline Rotich wins in sprint to finish of Boston Marathon

The Kenyan outkicked Ethiopia’s Mare Dibaba as the two sprinted together in a tight finish.

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Linden continued her comeback from a 2012 injury and held the lead for parts of the race before finishing fourth.

Women's wheelchair winner Tatyana McFadden gave her laurel wreath to Bill Richard, the father of bombing victim Martin Richard.

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Tatyana McFadden wins third straight women’s wheelchair race

After her victory, McFadden presented her laurel wreath to the family of Martin Richard

//c.o0bg.com/rf/image_90x90/Boston/2011-2020/2015/04/20/BostonGlobe.com/Sports/Images/150marcel-6977.jpg Marcel Hug wins men’s wheelchair race

The Swiss racer won by more than six minutes over his closest rivals.

//c.o0bg.com/rf/image_90x90/Boston/2011-2020/2015/04/20/BostonGlobe.com/Sports/Images/turner042015SPORTSwomenstruck6.jpg Dave McGillivray and his team got Marathon off to great start

The starts were orderly in Hopkinton and the rain mostly held off, until the fourth wave of runners.

//c.o0bg.com/rf/image_90x90/Boston/2011-2020/2015/04/20/BostonGlobe.com/Metro/Images/IMG_3646.JPG Inside Marathon Sports, fans find a test of endurance

Cool Gear International is getting people to do jumping jacks, burpees, push-ups, or planks in order to snag some free gear.

//c.o0bg.com/rf/image_90x90/Boston/2011-2020/2015/04/20/BostonGlobe.com/Metro/Images/college150-8485.jpg Umbrellas for spectators, kisses for runners in Wellesley

The crowd was significantly smaller than last year, but the women at Wellesley College were still screaming.

//c.o0bg.com/rf/image_90x90/Boston/2011-2020/2015/04/20/BostonGlobe.com/Metro/Images/ring150-8498.jpg Lost wedding ring found on Marathon course reunited with owner

After he heard that a runner had picked it up along the race route, Jeff Glaser and his ring were quickly reunited.

//c.o0bg.com/rf/image_90x90/Boston/2011-2020/2015/04/20/BostonGlobe.com/Sports/Images/blanding042015heartbreak12spt.jpg Jim Roche helped ease Marathon heartbreak by passing out fruit

Roche made his first visit to Commonwealth Ave. when he was 7. His mother brought him to his first Boston Marathon with a tub of oranges in tow.

Notable messages of support for Boston Marathon runners

Celebrities, sports figures, politicians, and others wished Bostonians a happy Marathon Monday on Twitter.

2015 winners