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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.Craig F. Walker

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

Wheelchair race winners Marcel Hug, left, and Manuela Schar with the award trophy.The Boston Globe/Boston Globe
Elite winners Edna Kiplagat, left, and Geoffrey Kirui hold the trophy at the finish line.The Boston Globe/Boston Globe
Runners as they started their climb up Heartbreak Hill.Craig F. Walker
Chris Teager of Mont Clare, N.J., offered support to runners at Heartbreak Hill.Craig F. Walker
A runner jumped for joy near the starting line.Bill Greene/Globe Staff
Women elite runners at the starting line.Bill Greene
Candice Woodson of Dorchester offered hugs to runners after they finished Heartbreak Hill.Craig F. Walker
Ella Eaton, 6, offered water to runners in Newton.Craig F. Walker/Globe Staff
Bombing survivor Patrick Downes, left, crossed the finish line.Jessica Rinaldi/Globe Staff
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.Mary Schwalm
A gentle wind lifted the signs made by Wellesley College students along the race route.Suzanne Kreiter
Signs of support went up on Washington Street in Wellesley.Suzanne Kreiter
Runners gathered in Boston to board buses for the starting line in Hopkinton.Charles Krupa
Runner Victoria Ballestero meditated at the athelete's village on Monday.Keith Bedford
A police officer and a working dog performed a security sweep in Hopkinton.Mary Schwalm
Runners passed through a security check in Boston before the race.Charles Krupa
Matt Colleran and his daughter Riley of Hopkinton make their way through the start village in Hopkinton.Lane Turner
Portable toilets set up on Hopkinton’s town common.Bill Greene
People had to pass through security near the start line of the race in Hopkinton.Lane Turner
Runners made their way through the athelete's village in Boston before the start of the race.Keith Bedford
A runner stretched at the athelete's village in Boston.Keith Bedford
Runners sat outside the athelete's village in Boston.Keith Bedford/Globe Staff
Massachusetts State Police members photographed their dogs at the starting line of the Boston Marathon in Hopkinton.Bill Greene
A runner slept at the athelete's village in Boston.Keith Bedford
Workers made final preparations of the finish line in Boston on Monday morning.Elise Amendola