More than 36,000 participants observed a minute's silence before yesterday's (21 April) Boston Marathon to honour the three killed and 260 injured at last year's race. There was a strong security presence at the event with a ban on rucksacks, and screening at checkpoints.
Meb Keflezighi became the first US winner of the men's race since 1983, crossing the finish line in 2:08:37, and Rita Jeptoo finished fastest female for the third time, clocking a time of 2:18:57.
Originally from Eritrea, Keflezighi became an American citizen in 1998. The 38-year-old ran with the names of Martin Richard, 8, Krystle Campbell, 29, and Lingzi Lu, 33 — the three people who died in the bombing — written on his runner’s bib.
Meb said after the race: "It was not about me. It was about Boston Strong. When the bomb exploded, every day since I’ve wanted to come back and win it.”
Former Mayor Thomas M. Menino was a spectator and epitomised the mood of Boston and those involved with the event, saying: “This is a day that is so full of enjoyment. People are just celebrating Patriots Day. We’re getting the bombings behind us and moving forward. It’s all about the runners today. Not all of that other stuff we talked about last year. It’s a new day in Boston.”