Marathon’s return will help prove that tragedy is temporary

History has shown that sporting events can symbolize recovery and resolve for a city struck by tragedy — as the 118th Boston Marathon will.

Runners added their messages to a cloth banner after picking up their official bib numbers for the 2014 Boston Marathon, which will feature a field of about 36,000.

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Runners added their messages to a cloth banner after picking up their official bib numbers for the 2014 Boston Marathon, which will feature a field of about 36,000.

INTERACTIVE GRAPHIC

Faces of the Marathon field

From Nome, Alaska to Boylston St., take a closer look at the runners entered in the 2014 Boston Marathon.

Runners to watch at the Boston Marathon

A look at the elite runners in the field for the 2014 Boston Marathon.

the survivors

//c.o0bg.com/rf/image_90x90/Boston/2011-2020/2014/04/18/BostonGlobe.com/Sports/Images/IMG_8478[1]--90x90.jpg ‘4.15 Strong’ group is taking some important steps

A group of survivors calling themselves “4.15 Strong” — many of them first-time marathoners — will run with a common purpose.

Soccer coaches Jose Calderon and Harry Benzan, and neighbor Lisa Jackson are part of Team  MR8. Dina Rudick/Globe Staff.

Dina Rudick/Globe Staff

THE COMMUNITY

Dorchester teams up for youngest victim

A team of 102 — people who knew and loved 8-year-old Martin Richard — will carry his memory with them for 26 miles Monday.

the injured runner

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Allison Byrne was running her first marathon, to honor her late sister, when she was knocked to ground by the second bomb, shrapnel in her leg.

THE POLICE CHIEF

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With the bombing drama having spilled into Watertown last April, Ed Deveau felt obliged to join his colleagues in running this year.

THE FIRST RESPONDERS

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Boston EMT Walter Dunbar was inspired to form a team of runners after witnessing “the best and the worst of mankind” at the finish area last year.

THE ELITE RUNNER

//c.o0bg.com/rf/image_90x90/Boston/2011-2020/2014/04/18/BostonGlobe.com/Sports/Images/Flanagan20[1]--90x90.jpg Shalane Flanagan is taking this one very personally

The Marblehead native is more motivated than ever to win Boston, believing it would send a great message to the region.

THE FIRE CHIEF

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When he crosses the finish line, Boston District Fire Chief Dennis Keeley hopes to put some closure to a long and difficult year for his department.

THE PHYSICAL THERAPIST

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The tragedy at the Marathon forged a strong friendship between Erika Brannock, who was injured, and Laura Driscoll, who was instrumental in her recovery.

THE DIPLOMAT

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The ambassador knows what it is like to lose family, friends, and colleagues to acts of terrorism.

THE DOCTOR

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Dr. Alok Gupta was inspired by what he saw in the emergency room last year, and how the victims dealt with the challenges they faced.

the legend

//c.o0bg.com/rf/image_90x90/Boston/2011-2020/2014/04/18/BostonGlobe.com/Sports/Images/Morris_140410_3713[1]--90x90.jpg Joan Benoit Samuelson sees ‘unfinished business’ here

When many Boston Marathon fans, shocked at the violation of their holiday ritual, vowed to return this year, so did Samuelson.

THE RACE OFFICIAL

//c.o0bg.com/rf/image_90x90/Boston/2011-2020/2014/04/18/BostonGlobe.com/Sports/Images/wiggs_TomMeagher38914[1]--90x90.jpg No looking back for finish-line manager

Finish-line manager Tom Meagher was right there, amid the carnage, but don’t ask him to relive it — and please don’t call him a hero.

THE CELEBRITY

//c.o0bg.com/rf/image_90x90/Boston/2011-2020/2014/04/18/BostonGlobe.com/Sports/Images/JoeMcIntrye-90[1]--90x90.jpg Joey McIntyre believes he has ‘right stuff’ for Marathon

The memories of 2013 are still vivid and emotional, but he’ll be back, running to raise money in his mother’s name for Alzheimer’s research.

THE STREAK HOLDER

//c.o0bg.com/rf/image_90x90/Boston/2011-2020/2014/04/18/BostonGlobe.com/Sports/Images/201404090070[1]--90x90.jpg Bennett Beach’s streak, like his spirit, was not broken

Last year was his 46th consecutive Boston Marathon, which made him the record-holder, and he will take the line for a 47th.