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PHOTOS: Celebration and triumph during the 121st Boston Marathon

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Dana Herrick celebrated as she crestiedHeartbreak Hill on Commonwealth Avenue in Newton.

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Athletes took on the 26.2-mile journey from Hopkinton to Copley Square for the 121st running of the Boston Marathon today.

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Wheelchair race winners Marcel Hug, left, and Manuela Schar with the award trophy.

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Elite winners Edna Kiplagat, left, and Geoffrey Kirui hold the trophy at the finish line.

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Runners as they started their climb up Heartbreak Hill.

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Chris Teager of Mont Clare, N.J., offered support to runners at Heartbreak Hill.

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A runner jumped for joy near the starting line.

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Women elite runners at the starting line.

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Candice Woodson of Dorchester offered hugs to runners after they finished Heartbreak Hill.

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Ella Eaton, 6, offered water to runners in Newton.

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Bombing survivor Patrick Downes, left, crossed the finish line.

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Kathrine Switzer, who was the first official woman entrant in the Boston Marathon 50 years ago, prepared to fire the gun to start the women's elite division race.

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A gentle wind lifted the signs made by Wellesley College students along the race route.

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Signs of support went up on Washington Street in Wellesley.

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Runners gathered in Boston to board buses for the starting line in Hopkinton.

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Runner Victoria Ballestero meditated at the athelete's village on Monday.

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A police officer and a working dog performed a security sweep in Hopkinton.

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Runners passed through a security check in Boston before the race.

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Matt Colleran and his daughter Riley of Hopkinton make their way through the start village in Hopkinton.

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Portable toilets set up on Hopkinton’s town common.

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People had to pass through security near the start line of the race in Hopkinton.

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Runners made their way through the athelete's village in Boston before the start of the race.

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A runner stretched at the athelete's village in Boston.

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Runners sat outside the athelete's village in Boston.

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Massachusetts State Police members photographed their dogs at the starting line of the Boston Marathon in Hopkinton.

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A runner slept at the athelete's village in Boston.

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Workers made final preparations of the finish line in Boston on Monday morning.