Boston Marathon

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Meb Keflezighi crosses over the finish line in first place of the 118th Annual Boston Marathon in Boston, MA. Photo courtesy of usatoday.com

Meb Keflezighi crosses over the finish line in first place of the 118th Annual Boston Marathon in Boston, MA. Photo courtesy of usatoday.com

The 118th running of the Boston Marathon took place the morning of April 21, 2014, when the runners lined up to run the familiar roads of Beacon Street, Chestnut Hill Avenue, and Boylston Street.

A little more than a year after the Boston bombing, runners from around the world competed to win the race, but for the first time in three decades, an American received the title. Meb Keflezighi won the honors, finishing in 2:08:37, which is the second-fastest time ever posted by an American man at the marathon.

According to the Washington Post, when Keflezighi crossed the 26-mile marker, spectators had broken into a triumphant “USA” chant. When he crossed the finish line he became the first American man to win the Boston Marathon since Greg A. Meyer in 1983.

Rita Jeptoo of Kenya set a course record with a time of 2:18:57, winning the women’s division for the third time, also winning in 2006 and 2013.

The bombing last year killed three and injured over 260 of the races participants and bystanders. This year there was tighter security, including 3,500 uniformed officers watching the area.

Registration for the 2015 Boston Marathon will begin in September of this year and will remain open until the maximum field size is reached. The race will be held on April 20, 2015.

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