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.


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.


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 top runners in the field for Monday’s running of the Boston Marathon.

the survivors

//[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


Dorchester teams up for youngest victim

Eight-year-old Martin Richard, ever-smiling, eager to please, and delightfully mischievous at times, was the youngest of the three people killed in the explosions near the Boston Marathon finish line last April. Running in his name this year will be members of Team MR8, assembled by the charitable foundation the Richard family formed in his name — a foundation that recently crossed the $1 million threshhold in donations.

the injured runner

//[1]--90x90.jpg Runner injured by shrapnel hands baton to husband

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.


//[1]--90x90.jpg Events hit close to home for Watertown police chief

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


//[1]--90x90.jpg Close-up view mobilized Boston EMS personnel

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.


//[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.


// Finish line has extra meaning for firefighters

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.


//[1]--90x90.jpg Physical therapist takes a cue from her patient

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


//[1]--90x90.jpg Iraqi ambassador runs Boston as ‘a sign of solidarity’

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


//[1]--90x90.jpg Beth Israel doctor runs as tribute to bravery he saw

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

//[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.


//[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.


//[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.


//[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.