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An American runner, Meb Keflezighi, won The Boston Marathon for the first time since 1983. A year after the bombs exploded near the finish line killing three people and injuring hundreds of others, runners reclaimed the race. A record crowd of one million people, twice the usual number, watched and cheered the runners on. Rita Jeptoo of Kenya defended her title in the women’s race. —Thea Breite (29 photos total)

The scene at the Hopkinton start of the 118th Boston Marathon, Monday, April 21, 2014. (Bill Greene//The Boston Globe)