1 Year After Bombs, Boston Marathon a Celebration

By: Associated Press and News 10
By: Associated Press and News 10

BOSTON (AP) -- Unfinished business. Defiance. Hope, strength and resilience.

They used different words but the meaning was the same for thousands of people who were stopped by twin bombings at last year's Boston Marathon and came back this year to finish what they started.

The 118th running of the storied race from Hopkinton to Boston on Monday was run under the long and still-sharp shadow of the 117th, which turned tragic when two bombs exploded near the finish line, killing three people and injuring more than 260 others. For this marathon, there was no choice but to remember, reflect and even confront the past, but the athletes found it easier -- and more fun -- to celebrate.

Said Vicki Schmidt of Nashville after finishing the race: "You can't hold us back."

A photo of a runner who had suffered an injury and collapsed close to the finish line, near the spot where the first bomb exploded at last year's marathon has been widely shared after the race.

The photo shows him being supported and carried by four other runners towards the finish line. As the runners approached the finish line, they put the man down, and he was able to cross the finish line under his own power.

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